Gives a detailed account of the damage to the ship Confederacy by a storm
and its putting in at the West Indies port of Martinique. Jay would have nothing to do
with Gerard's obvious desire to make his opinions on the rest of t...
Sends a copy of a testimonial to Mrs. Smith of New York by Rev. Keith:
Mrs. Sarah Smith, a widow, gave liberally of food and clothing to the American prisoners
brought to New York in the campaign of 1776-77. She was once put in...
Jay made no representation to the French Admiral through Mr. Gerard. Met
the Governor and officers of the island. Would not agree with Gerard that the ship
Confederacy should be convoyed by French frigates to France when the in...
Sends news that British evacuated Newport, Rhode Island on October 25th,
leaving considerable stores behind them. Assumes Jay heard that enemy evacuated Stoney
Point and Verplanck's Point, before he embarked.
A warrant for payment of troops' salaries has been dishonored, primarily
because a firm of merchants has a prior lien on all funds. Will Congress please
authorize payment of the warrant to restore tranquility among the
Gooch writes on behalf of "the Voluntary Associates and Adventurers for
the Reduction of Nova Scotia to a State of Independence." Thanks Congress for grant of
$15,000 for cutting road from Penobscot to St. Johns River.
Since writing 6 Oct (copy of which enclosed) has received Jay's of 10 July
and 16 Sept. Congress soon to form Office for Foreign Affairs. Actions of enemy in New
York, in Canada; retreat of General Gates. If enemy not reinforce...
Acknowledges receipt of 10 July and 16 September. Encloses a copy of his
letter of 6 October. Congress, in order to remedy disadvantages under which America has
hitherto suffered, has decided to establish an Office of Foreign A...
Sends duplicates of letters already sent. The 100 guineas Jay had drawn on
Franklin (from Jay's own salary) for the officers at Martinique, Mr. Bingham felt should
better be drawn on the credit of Congress. Jay accepted this pl...