Document, 1810 July 18

Title:
Document, 1810 July 18
Library Location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Browse Location’s Digital Content
Name:
Wilberforce, William, 1759-1833; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Format:
correspondence
Digital Project:
Papers of John Jay
Date:
1810 July 18
Note:
The entire content of the original has been digitized.
Physical Description:
12
Subjects:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Summary:
He and his family have moved from Clapham Common to a more rural area, yet within easy distance of Westminster. Will send all the reports of the African Society, that John Jay might distribute those which he does not wish to keep. Slave traffic continues in both countries despite abolition laws. The American ministers are cooperative and occasion hopes for suppression of the trade by means of armed vessels of both countries taking slave ships of the other as well as of its own. Is pleased at the favorable relations between Britain and America; more Americans would be favorably disposed toward the British if they were to live in England awhile. Is happy about Jay's contentment at retirement; any person who has acted creditably in public life may render mankind a great service by his pen, for instance by bearing testimony to the position that honesty is the best policy. He himself plans to retire in the near future after thirty years in Parliament. Asks how Jay would vote if he were in the House of Commons on the issue of Parliamentary Reform and his reasons, without entering into great detail. One of his own reasons for supporting such a motion was to lessen the power of bad men to misrepresent and defame the constitution and to mislead the less acute. Cobbett and his followers are a case in point at present. The attitude in Britain towards reform is that it is better not to go far enough than to go too far.
Identifier:
columbia.jay.09277

Document, 1810 July 18