Since Jay wants to study law, he should resolve to let no difficulty
prevent him from applying himself vigorously to it. Dictionary is necessary, but as to
other books, it would be wiser to borrow than to pay dear to buy them a...
Suggestions concerning Jay's clerkship contract with Benjamin Kissam. Asks
Jay to advertise the sale or rental of his house. Sale of property, or rental. Peter Jay
wishes to try to keep a room in it for Jay and space in the yar...
Judges should render decisions according to law, and not give credence to
the popularity of the decision. PJ has decided to wait for cooler weather before having
his servant girl inoculated against smallpox.
After conversation with Livingston, Jay retired to reflect on it. Will say
in this letter the sentiments he was too embarrassed to say to his face. Livingston
possesses every social qualification and mental endowment. Jay had e...
Asks Jay to Deliver the enclosed letter to Mr. Auchmuty immediately. There
is much talk in town that James Jay should have given the Governors of [King's] College
an explanation why he has permitted their bills to be returned p...
Reply to letter from Livingston of April 18. Encloses something for
Livingston to read and criticize. Is undetermined with respect to the property of many
things contained in it and would like Livingston's ???? to resolve
Tells Livingston why he writes complimentary rather than critical letters
to him. With compliments he hopes to achieve all that could be attained by censure.
Commiserates with Livingston on his disappointment.
Though the clerks of the Secretary's office have no right to demand fees,
PJ would not be adverse to paying them about 3 dollars. However Jay is not to pay more
than certain specified fees for his father's charter. Wishes to su...
Asks Jay for any news of James, from whom he has not heard. There has been
sickness among Jay's Negroes for last three months. Peter Jay exhausted by his duties.
Looks forward to a respite from his tasks and opportunity to rela...
ALS. Written in response to a letter from Livingston, who was still
attending King's College: "I have often remarked Ambition to be one of your strongest
Passions, and have as often been surprised that instead of attending to s...
Profuse thanks for Livingston's actions. "I think myself extremely happy
in an assurance from you (whom I can't suspect of dissimulation) that no other material
deficiency marks my character than the one you mention: and I than...
Profuse thanks for Livingston's analysis of his character. "I think myself
extremely happy in an assurance from you (whom I can't suspect of dissimulation) that no
other material deficiency marks my character than the one you m...
Will "take a jaunt" with Mr. Ingles to Philadelphia within a few days
provided that his horse is well and that the Stamp Act is not repealed in the meantime.
Asks Jay to send his horse, but only if the animal is fully recovered...
Despite the ringing of all the bells since the break of day the rumor that
the Stamp Act has been repealed is mistaken, the truth is that a repealing bill passed
the House of Commons in February, and was sent to House of Lords ...
Since his horse did not arrive, his letters to Jay must have miscarried.
It is of no consequence however for his departure for Philadelphia has been delayed for
other reasons. Asks Jay to keep the horse in pasture and give him ...
Was pleased to receive Jay's friendly and unceremonious letter. His pen
was directed "by the rapid whirl of Imagination." Yet caution must be exercised lest
imagination rule reason. When he asked about affairs at the office, he...
Letter from John Jay to Robert R. Livingston. Livingston is now in the
country at the family estate Clermont, after having been "highly entertained of late,
and by your account of the Matter have attained every Qualification ne...
An account with Christopher Tappen, concerning various court costs
incurred by the partnership of Jay & Livingston, 1768-1772. Settled by Jay and
Livingston on 7 December, 1790 and 31 March, 1791, each paying one half of the
Jay did not receive the recent letter from Livingston, and Livingston did
not receive the two letters in which Jay informs him of the dissolution of the New York
Assembly by Governor Sir Henry Moore. Discusses the measures take...
High cost of living at Curacao, suggestions for investments by Jay. More
about tobacco. Was glad to get letter of 28 April from Jay. Is pleased to hear that his
employers are satisfied with his conduct. Is sorry the limes were ...
Curacao. Has resolved to spend leisure hours writing letters to Jay. The
harbor here is the finest in the world. The city lies on both sides of the river and is
a beautiful sight, with its painted white houses and red tiled roo...
Sends Jay "one role of excellent Tobacco." Tells him not to cut more than
he can use in 3 days. "When cut, rub it in your hands once or twice and then it is fit
for the pipe - you must not wet it, but keep [it] in a dry place."...
Appreciation for Jay's handling his cases and the ???? of my business
while he is indisposed. An amusing discussion of the cases pending. Call on Mr. Morris
[Richard?] for assistance, provided he is not opposing counsel he will...
Budd, Richard; Jay, John, 1745-1829; Livingston, Robert R.; Kempe, John Tabor; Tomkins, Joseph
1769 September 1
File Papers for the case of Richard Budd v. Joseph Tompkins. On September
1, 1769, Tomkins, Joshua Barns, Abraham Gedney, James McChain, and John Bates made an
agreement with Budd. An action of trespass in which Jay and Livings...
Lists miscellaneous expenditures totaling 53/19/6, pounds such as payment
for a blank book, for binding two books, for a trunk to carry papers to Hartford (13
shillings sixpence); for a chest to carry the papers from Hartford, ...
Bill totaling 3/19/6 for miscellaneous expenses, including the binding of
two books (1/12/6); a trunk to carry papers to Hartford (13 shillings), a chest for
bringing papers from Hartford, the trunk having broken on the journey...
Question on the allocation of fees in two cases of ejectment brought
before the Supreme Court of Judicature. The same witnesses and surveys were required in
each case. The Chief Justice has asked Jay and six other "Practisers" ...
Jay received a notice from a David Jones to start an action against
William D. Faulkner, Anthony Van Eyck and Rapalje for 56 pounds 2 shillings. Jay hopes
an amicable settlement will prevent further trouble and expense of a
Kempe has delayed answering Jay's letter in order not to catch from the
latter's warmth an indelicacy of expression which he might on reflection think blamable.
Never addressed like this before and thinks it without provocation...
Jay thinks the charge of a certain Faulkner's robbing a company no more
than a breach of trust. Wants to try to recover damages on other counts. The information
of a partnership should not appear in the declaration. A Mr. Bloom...
Jay, John, 1745-1829; Jones, William; Handin, Michael
1771 June 24
Autograph draft. Plea in Mayor's Court in Jay's hand. Jay appears as
counsel for Michael Handin, the defendant. Plea is defense based on defendant's infancy
at the time he assumed to pay the debt upon which plaintiff brings sui...
Letter from Sir James Jay will not be pleasing to Trustee of King's
College, but will put Sir James in a better light. Details concerning a sickness which
beset him in London. Jno. Watts and DeLancey send their regards.
Concerning Mr. Bayard's attempts to coerce a road from Peter Jay, who says
he would have been willing to grant a road as a matter of favor. Also in this envelope
is a note pertaining to a vestry meeting held sometime in January...