From Peter Jay's letterbook, vol. 3. Entries for 18 April, a brief note
covering a copy of an earlier letter, and for 25 April, a longer message expressing
concern that James devotes too much of his time to the affairs of King'...
Family news. The family is "tolerably well." Eve Jay recovers very slowly
after her long illness because of frequent returns of "little lurking fever." James'
uncle, Mr. Chambers is still "in a melancholy condition." He cannot ...
Thanks Jenkinson for his favor. The information from Jenkinson's queries
gives "much satisfaction on account of my friend." He has written to America on subjects
which he and Jenkinson had discussed.
News of various servants. Frank has deserted from VerplanckÆs Point and
went home with a pass from General Heath. He saw Gussy (Augustus) Cortlandt on Long
Island and all was well. He saw JamesÆ Kingston going on board a privat...
The secret ink Sir James furnished to Washington has been exhausted,
Washington would like a further supply of it. Sir James may apply in Washington's name
to any hospital in order to obtain the necessary ingredients. Varick
Acknowledges receipt of 9 April. James Jay is sending only a small
quantity of the secret ink Washington has asked for, but it is all that remains of the
supply he brought from Europe. He has some of the ingredients for making ...
James Jay sent off a little box with the article Washington requested with
his letter of 13 April. If Washington has no objections, James Jay will continue
experiments with the artillery. He should like to have Major "Beauman" ...
Although Washington had given his permission over a year ago, Sir James
never had leisure to do the artillery experiments when opportunities arose. Now he must
go to Albany for the meeting of the legislature. Sir James attempte...
Received the "box of medicine" safely. Very glad, as he had exhausted the
previous supply. Colonel Hay will assist James Jay in setting up a small laboratory.
Major Beauman will come back to that point in a few days. Has told G...
Acknowledges receipt of 13 and 20 April. Washington was glad to receive
the box of medicine mentioned in James Jay's letter of 13 April, because he had already
used up all the medicine previously given to him. Washington has di...
Sir James communicated Arnold's message to the governor, who promised to
do all he could concerning the matter, and who said that he would write Arnold
concerning it. The New York Legislature elected General Schuyler as delegat...
Sir James begs Washington's pardon for not having been able to furnish him
sooner with a further supply of the medicine. "The disagreeable situation which I have
hitherto been in, owing to a very considerable loss I am likely t...