[Document, 1779 August 27]


[Document, 1779 August 27]
Library Location
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Jay, John, 1745-1829 (Author)
Clinton, George, 1739-1812 (Addressee)
Digital Project
Papers of John Jay
August 27, 1779
Physical Description
5 pages
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
If New York and New Hampshire will authorize Congress to settle a line between them, as well as disputes with the people of the grants, it "will conduce to the interest and happiness of the State." [James] Duane, before he left, opined that Congress should wait for the sentiments of the New York legislature before further proceedings on the subject. Hopes that the legislature "will not be too nice and critical in their reservations and restrictions." Jurisdiction is the great point; it is of no great consequence to the state who possess the land,for New York has enough vacant land for any who suffer by a decision against them. Jay wishes the legislature would make it a rule that some of their delegates attend every session and enter into conference on the affairs of the continent. Suspects that pains are being taken to injure [Gouverneur] Morris in the eyes of his constituents. Jay feels that Morris "deserves well of New Yorkand America in general." But that it has been the policy of some to depreciate every man "who refuses to draw in their harness." Pennsylvania suffers from it. Assures Clinton of the good conduct of Duane and [William] Floyd. Jay disavows any ambition for, or continuing in public life. Stresses importance of sending able delegates. Suggests the plan by which Massachusetts maintains their delegates with a house, table and allowance for their families, while New York delegates "are not allowed sufficient to maintain, or rather to subsist." Has heard the Chancellor [Robert Livingston], General [Philip]Scuyler and General [John Marin] Scott proposed as New York delegates; suggests as well [John S.] Hobart.