Document, 1828 June 10

Document, 1828 June 10
Library Location
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Peters, Richard, 1743-1828 (Author)
Jay, John, 1745-1829 (Addressee)
Digital Project
Papers of John Jay
1828 June 10
Physical Description
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
He is 85 years old today. Is free of envy, hatred and malice, and will leave this world with no enmities. Has no desire to write pamphlets on political or personal dissensions as an "old revolutionary friend" continues to do. His passage through life without personal animosities may be proof, however, of little merit, as many of sterling worth (e.g. Washington and Jay) have been slandered. Derives indescribable satisfaction from memories of his labors for independence and enjoys the present prosperity of America. Grieves to see present political dissensions. There is no greater instance of political delirium than the choice of a Chief Magistrate with no qualifications for civic and diplomatic duties. Thinks well of the increase in number of states; a dissolution of the constitution is now less likely to be obtained. The great body of people will save the country from disunion and anarchy despite the garrulity and indecent feuds of our present Congress. The current question of the true authorship of Charles I's "Icon basilike" is similar in some features to the claim of Hamilton's family in the authorship of the Farewell Address. Will prevail on Claypole, the printer, to place Washington's handwritten manuscript in a secure depository as irrefutable evidence in addition to exhibited proofs. Is anxious to know of Jay's corporal and mental situation. He has been ill but is recovering health and spirits.