Document, 1775 January 01

Document, 1775 January 01
Library Location
New York Public Library
Jay, John, 1745-1829; Livingston, Robert R.
Digital Project
Papers of John Jay
1775 January 01
Physical Description
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Jay's analysis of his and Livingston's characters: Livingston more vivacity and Jay more staid because of pride and bashfulness. Both ambitious but by different roads; Livingston more flexible, Jay more pertinacious, both sensible of indignities, Livingston less prone to sudden resentment; both with strong passions but Livingston with more self-possession; Livingston for the world and Jay to a village. Livingston with many friends, Jay careless of but a few. Unlike Livingston's face Jay tells all. Livingston understood men and women early, Jay knew them not. Jay had not his talents and inclination for intrigue. Livingston had pleasure from a variety of objects, Jay from only a few. Livingston easy of access, Jay not. Now we are coming nearer to each other. Jay more vivacious and his pride less conspicuous. Livingston less flexible and Jay less pertinacious, more secretive and more in control of his passions. Is sick of the subject of politics. The situation fluctuates.