Greetings to his dear brother. Hopes Peter Jay has left Albany. No news to
report from New York City. The family is in good health. A man from southern Long Island
came in and reported seeing a ship manned by young men and batt...
Received his Aunt Peloquin's letter and viewed her portrait with great
satisfaction. Doesn't often find himself in Bristol, with her and her family, but looks
often at the portrait, and remembers his time with them. Saddened by...
From Dublin. Discusses Captain Jeffry and James Harding, whom he believes
has received poor treatment from his friends in Philadelphia. Thanks Jay for
recommending him to the owner of the Dolphin. Wishes to further their acquai...
Sent a present of fish, jam and oil, to be split by Peter Jay and Mr.
Noble. Also sent a barrel of mackerel to his mother, who will send a dozen of the best
to Peter. Asks for his tuberoses and seed. Sends cousinly love from hi...
Accounts. List of goods sold and money and produce received . Jacobus Van
Cortlandt, Frederick Van Cortlandt, his son James, and Adolph Philips began lodging and
eating with Peter Jay the day before.
Left Mrs. Peloquin and that family well; saw Captain Hill in Bristol,
ready to sail for Boston in a sloop. Mr. Hoblense very pleased with Peter Jay. Bad
trading in Boston; not a berth to be found. His son to do the Africa trade...
Came from Bristol on June 1st with his son in Peter JayÆs vessel the Snow
Seneca; will stay in Boston while his son is finding provisions in Philadelphia. Wishes
to be of service in any way to JayÆs family.
Acknowledges Peter Jay's letter of 22 January. Is willing to take in
Augustus. Will not instruct him himself in reading and writing, but will send him to a
good schoolmaster. As soon as he can read well, will tutor him in Latin...
Has had pleasure boat built for Peter Jay according to his specifications,
by the best boat builder in Boston. Is sending cost and dimensions; more dear than would
have liked. The boat is now under the care of Robert Griffin. I...
Would be glad to carry on a small trade from Boston to New York, if he can
be of service to Peter Jay. BayardÆs brother James was to arrive from St. Christopher,
but has not arrived. Has heard of a hurricane and fears bad news,...
Glad Jay likes the boat and wants to hear how it will sail. Please send
cash to Boston. Mentions high price of flour and wheat. When in season, wishes to have a
dozen watermelons from New York, as they are superior to BostonÆs....
Apologizes for delay in writing. Is sorry for Peter Jay's "dark
apprehensions about P.Q." If he should need a lawyer, Mr. Fitch of Norwalk is the best.
Augustus suffers from a burn on his face, but apparently it is not serious ...
Augustus's face is healing well and is not likely to be much scarred. Mr.
Rutgers' son Antony, who was also burned by the gunpowder explosion, is healing, and can
see well, although his eyes are still weak.
Augustus is improving in both reading and writing "if not so fast as we
could wish, perhaps as fast as can be expected from his bird-witted humour. "Recommends
his son-in-law, Benny Nicoll, who wishes to continue his legal stud...
Received thirteen French pistols from Captain Bosch; sold them at the
highest price possible. Has heard from his son John in Barbados, on his way to South
Carolina. Hopes his and JayÆs accounts agree.
Repeats his condolences on the blindness of Peter Jay's children. Reports
that Augustus has been told that it is likely his brother and sister would never see
again. Samuel Johnson hopes that the extra help Augustus is getting ...
Introduces Mr. Ellery of Hartford, the son-in-law of Mr. Austin of
Hartford, and recommends him as a diligent young gentlemen and a customer who pays his
debts "as promptly as he bargains." "Mr. Gustey" continues as before. Sen...
Messrs. Sheerwood and Winmar, who are the bearers of this letter, have
caught the robber who stole plate from the Jewish Synagogue in New York. Jay, being an
Alderman of New York, is the most likely person Johnson knows who can...
Is sorry he cannot give as advantageous an account of Augustus's progress
as he had hoped. Augustus is somewhat better, however, for he and Mrs. Johnson have
taken more pains to teach him than one of their own children. Peter J...
Is glad to hear that Peter Jay has found Augustus improved in his
learning. Is returning the Roman Antiquities and Ovid, but wishes to keep the Greek
Antiquities and Terence a little longer. Acknowledges that Peter Jay has paid...
Is sorry to hear about the blindness of Jay's two children. Hopes to pay a
visit to New York next summer. Sale of goods is at a standstill in Boston. People seem
to be concentrating on building ships. Wonders if Jay has heard a...
Notes dealing with the rental of properties at Bedford, rental of Peter
Jay's house to Colonel Frederick Philipse, and with the purchase of ironware. In Jay's
hand. Copy. Noted at the bottom of the sheet are the names "Isaacs A...
Johnson has written Mr. Wetmore as Peter Jay desired about "the Globe
house" and encloses it unsealed; if Peter Jay approves, he should "seal and send it,"
which Johnson hopes "may have a good Effect." A post script states that...
"Not Sent" noted on the letter. Peter Jay writes that Johnson's letter to
Wetmore is delivered and explains the difficulties with Mr. Wetmore about the Globe
house, which is "for the Use of the Rectors of the Church at Rye," wh...
Acknowledges Peter Jay's letter of 19 Nov. and is glad that Peter Jay has
taken "prudent Steps on the threatening affair," on the Globe house, which he hopes can
be amicably settled. No "apology" is needed to the Society for Re...
Peter Jay hopes that Rev. Punderson can be inducted in the spring when the
smallpox danger will be over. Colonel Willet, the church warden, has told Peter Jay that
the late Rev. Wetmore gave the house and lot "in Trust for the ...
Peter Jay's letter of 28 Sept. gave Johnson glad tidings of great joy
because their parish was united in Mr. Punderson, who is said to be a good preacher. He
and Dr. Barclay will "endeavour to set things in their proper Light w...
Dr. Barclay and Mr. Auchmuty think it would be "less exceptionable with
the Society [for the Propagation of the Gospel]" if their vestry "should only present
Mr. Punderson to the Governor for Induction," that the Governor "defe...
Peter Jay shall help according to Mr. Punderson's directions for moving to
Rye from New Haven. Peter Jay is surprised that Rev. Wetmore's son intends to live in
"the house," for he does not know "by what authority the young man...
The Archbishop of Cantebury has expressed wonderment that the Church at
Rye had never applied to the Society [For the Propagation of the Gospel in Foreign Parts
in London] for another minister since the death of Mr. Wetmore. Jo...
The Church at Rye gratefully acknowledges the Society's favours and wishes
"leave to nominate a minister themselves." The Parish Vestry by an act of the General
Assembly had called two ministers--"who thought it proper not to a...
Fady is now settled in an apprenticeship to James Jay's cousin James de
Peyster. Has written cousin Peloquin for his help in getting a clerkship for John who
will have his degree in a year. An attorney in Bristol would be prefe...
John will graduate from college in a year. Wishes to become attorney, but
New York lawyers have made an agreement to take no clerks for a number of years. Asks
Peloquin to find John a place in London or Bristol, preferably Bris...
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'...
Enclosed copy of Mr. PalmerÆs letter to Mr. Punderson, missionary funded
by the congregation at Rye. Especially wishes to know Mr. BarclayÆs opinion with regard
to PalmerÆs claim that Mr. Talbot is using his interest with Barcl...
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...
Difficulties of finding places for Frederick and John. John is determined
to study law, but New York attorneys "have agreed among themselves to take no clerks."
Asks James to find John a place with an attorney in London or Bris...
Peter Jay encloses the letter of the parish committee to Drs. Barclay and
Johnson, a copy of which was delivered to Dr. Johnson who "passed the last night here."
Mr. Punderson has accepted their invitation and therefore Dr. Joh...
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 ...
There have been Indian attacks near Forts Pitt and Detroit and in the
places along the frontier. Traders and about seventy troops have been killed. All
regular troops are marching toward the frontiers, but since the Indians are...
Thanks Peloquin for his letter of 26 July; 6 & 10 August telling of
his inquiries concerning possibility of putting Jay in a Bristol attorney's office.
Thinks the five year term of Bristol attorney is too steep. Will wait to he...
He is surprised that Stuyvesant has displaced his two sons from sitting in
the church pew. As he gave Stuyvesant permission to sit in the pew during the lifetime
of the writer's father, he cannot understand such an action being...
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...
Son John has been placed at last in office of "gentleman eminent in the
Profession" of law in New York. Will begin study of law first of next month after
receiving degree from college, where he "presented his study very much to...
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.
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...
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...
A group of four letters from Peter Jay to his eldest daughter, Eve in
Albany, 1770-1774: (30 June 1774) . Sending Mr. Munro's horse to James Van Cortlandt;
her son is well; (15 April 1772) her health and her mother's health; wi...
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...
182 letters to Peter Jay from his aunt, Francoise Peloquin and cousins,
David, John and Maryann, in Bristol, England. Largely dealing with the Peloquin-Jay
business connections and family matters. Calendar of individual items o...
Harry Munro wishes his daughter Betsey (Elizabeth Munro Fisher) home as
quickly as possible; she will leave tomorrow on a sloop for Albany. Mr. Dyckman is
expected back any moment; will stop in on his way back to town. John Jay...
Ledger, 1774-1776, with many entries in John Jay's hand, preceded by a
handwritten index in Jay's hand. Accounts of Jay, his father, and his sister Eve Jay
Munro. Mrs. Munro's accounts are on three separate sheets; pages at the...
Has received several of Jay's letters. Jesuits Bank very welcome, how to
repay cost? Tory and Scotch defeat in North Carolina may not settle internal peace
there. Clinton's arrival may cause them to take arms again. Hopes Minis...
Received her sister CatherineÆs Livingston (KittyÆs) letter with pleasure,
but must decline her proposal for now. Has heard of continuing illness of Sarah
Livingston Jay with pain; wishes her a speedy recovery. Hopes she can vi...
Received Jay's of 21st. Discussion of whether or not the family should
leave Fishkill, his own health and the expense of removal dissuade him from moving.
Wishes Jay and Fady could both counsel him.