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...
Because he believed that the British had landed on Staten Island and
marched to Elizabeth, John Jay, very concerned, sent Dyckman to see if Sarah Livingston
Jay needed anything. Praised her coolness during the scare. Is glad th...
The Convention has appointed Jay on a committee to set out for Albany. Jay
happy because he needs exercise. Mrs. Jay will receive letter from him before his
return. Attended the funeral of Mrs. Lawrence. Providence has been kin...
Jay has arrived at Poughkeepsie in perfect health. Has visited the forts
in the highlands. Hopes for the recovery of Mrs. Jay's health. Indulges himself in
imagining scenes of happiness between them.
Plans to travel to Poughkeepsie to meet other members of the Provincial
Convention on 7 August. Hopes to visit her in New Jersey. Concern for Sarah's safety at
Elizabeth Town; advises her to provide herself with "a secure Retre...
ALS. Written by Jay as a member of the Continental Congress to his wife
Sarah, who refers to as "Sally." References Sarah's letter of 17 March 1776, which gave
news of her and their son's improved health. Tells the story of the...
Hopes the frequency of his letters in 3 weeks has afforded more pleasure
than trouble. This goes by Blanchard; for whom please procure oats and hay against Jay's
return in early May. Should Peter be inoculated?
Goes to Rye tomorrow to move the family. Fady (Frederick Jay) has
returned. Sarah Livingston Jay should stay at Robert R. LivingstonÆs house while he goes
up to Albany. John Jay will visit her there as soon as possible. Asks he...
Received hers of 25th and 27th. His anxiety that she would be taken
prisoner when she journeyed to Elizabeth Town was compensated by the "benefit of
pleasure" which she received from the trip. Enemy movements in New Jersey. Rec...
Recreation at Troy. They are reading Shakespeare and Mme de Maintenon. The
reading circle would benefit by Jay's "sage" observations. Papa Livingston is returned
from Haddonfield. Council of Safety meetings continue.
She has recently been at Elizabeth Town, where she was saddened by the
ravages of the enemy. She has found a dozen and a half beautiful shirts. Is glad the
trunk arrived but fears the gloves she sent him are too small. If so sh...
Received hers of June 17 by Mr. Morris. Had written her "lately" and sent
it to Colonel Hamilton. Assumes his letters have not arrived. Is concerned for her
health. Comments on her reading Mme. de Maintenon.
His of the 27th afforded much pleasure; she is surprised that her trip to
Elizabethtown was dangerous. His genteel reprimand charms her. As her health affects his
happiness she has sufficient motive to preserve it.
The pleasure of being near "my best and dearest friend" overcomes pain of
rheumatism in wrist and enables her to write. Jay's father and mother continue as Jay
left them; their son Peter is well and has at last conquered his