Jay's father's family now at Fill Kill. Sally in better health than
before. The British are retreating to more advantageous quarters (less mountainous
country). Brockholst at Livingston manor before Sally left and in very good ...
Glad that their son is with Kitty and her family where he can be cared for
while he is not well. Hopes that they will not indulge him; it would be unfortunate to
encourage him in passions which he will have to unlearn later in
Mrs. Jay says to tell Kitty she is very well. John Jay says she is much
better and almost over her rheumatism. She has learned to spin on the great wheel and
exercises her fingers. She will give proof of her improvement by writ...
Livingston, Catharine; Jay, John, 1745-1829; Jay, Sarah Livingston
1777 November 21
Fort Mifflin surrendered and all our troops escaped after setting fire to
the barracks. General Washington reinforced with 2,500 troops. Philadelphia has lent
General Howe 20,000 pounds and he has given the old money of Pennsyl...
Livingston, Catharine; Jay, Sarah Livingston
1779 December 26
Gives a list of the winter quarters of the American troops. Well situated
and more troops than at any time before. Mrs. Washington goes to camp tomorrow to meet
the General. Christmas dinner with her.
Happy that Sally has been in better health. Hopes to have a house soon so
Sally can come to Philadelphia. Attention should be paid to the health and constitution
of Jay's son. Sorry to hear that Kitty's mother is not well. The ...
Carnegie Book Shop Catalogue (1973). Complains about the lack of mail. Has
requested R. Morris to give K. 20 pounds sterling. Cautions that his son is to be
treated as a boy and should begin to learn to read. Do not let him be
Expresses esteem and affection. Sally (Sarah Livingston Jay) is in Madrid.
They hope to be able to come back to America soon. He often thinks of their pleasant
times together in Philadelphia but does not wish to put her (Cather...
Livingston, Brockholst, 1757-1823; Livingston, Catharine; Livingston, Susan
1781 February 3
Writes from L'Orient. Tells his sisters not to envy the situation in
Europe. Misses all his friends and family. Jay is very kind to him. French ladies are
more attractive than the Spanish -- except for their excess use of rouge...
Concern over their brother John and his ship, the "Saratoga." Asks her to
be honest with him about John's fate. How is the family dealing with the situation?
Livingston writes at length of his bitter loneliness and homesickness...
Preliminary treaty signed. The climate agrees with Sally, but Jay still
has a bad cough and pain from the influenza. Has heard that Fady has been very ill.
Resignation affords the only comfort.
Likes the portrait of Kitty sent to them. Writes at least once a month to
all his correspondents. Fears for her brother. Jay thinks even less of European
education than formerly (in connection with Morris' sons.)
Sorry about the bad postal service. The Jays at Passy and are in better
health. Sir James in Paris but has not been to see the Jays. Jay has served his country
long and faithfully and now wishes to devote himself to his family....
Mrs. Ridley is now in Paris with him and their little son. He was weak
after the journey but hopes the trip will do his health good. Sarah Livingston Jay
wishes to see Kitty (Catherine Livingston), something he hopes will happe...