Document, 1780 August 28

Title:
Document, 1780 August 28
Library Location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Browse Location’s Digital Content
Name:
Jay, Sarah Livingston; Symmes, Susan Livingston
Format:
correspondence
Digital Project:
Papers of John Jay
Date:
1780 August 28
Note:
The entire content of the original has been digitized.
Physical Description:
14
Subjects:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Summary:
Comments on the closeness of death before the safe arrival at Martinique. The passage to Cadiz was pleasant, but Mrs. Jay was indisposed due to rough weather and another reason "I leave you to conjecture." From Cadiz the Jay party journeyed to Port St. Mary in a barge belonging to Mr. Galvez, Commandant of the Bay and brother to the Minister for Indian Affairs. The barge was ornamented with a canopy and cushions of crimson damask beautifully fringed, and the trip was very pleasant. They stayed the night with the Count and Countess O'Reilly and regretted leaving Port St. Mary the next day. The awkwardness and filth of everything in Spain is beyond description. The carriages and drivers were like nothing they had ever seen before. The Jays brought with them everything they would need for the journey, but they had to purchase in Spain the most essential item--a broom to sweep out the bugs and filth. They slept on a Catalonian bed-from-a-trunk. Next door slept mules with their bells. Description of the view approaching Cordova at sunset. In Cordova they met several Irish gentlemen who had retired there from the seaports, and Mr. Moyland went with them to the Cathedral. Description of this church which was once a Moorish mosque. They continued on their journey the next day because "Mr. Jay's maxim is to prefer business to pleasure." Description of graves along the roadside, aridity of southern Spain.
Identifier:
columbia.jay.06437

Document, 1780 August 28