[Document, 1781 April 14]


[Document, 1781 April 14]
Library Location
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Jay, John, 1745-1829 (Author)
Carmichael, William, -1795 (Addressee)
Digital Project
Papers of John Jay
April 14, 1781
Physical Description
2 pages
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
John Jay was surprised to find that the receipt of Cabarrus and Aguirre for the last sum of money John Jay sent them via Carmichael contained a footnote crediting the sum to Carmichael alone. John Jay went to the office of Cabarrus and Aguirre to check on this singular entry and was told by the clerks of the two absent gentlemen that the same note had been entered in the books of Messrs. Cabarrus and Aguirre. On further inquiry John Jay learned that other sums delivered by Carmichael to Cabarrus and Aguirre had likewise been credited to Carmichael alone, a fact confirmed by Jay's examination of a day book of the monies received at the office of Cabarrus and Aguirre. Nowhere did John Jay find any mention of his own name. Jay then told the clerks to inform Aguirre that all entries should be altered so as to credit John Jay as well as Carmichael for all sums received from John Jay. He concludes that he will be "happy to receive such an explanation of them from you as may remove the marks they at present bear of impropriety."