Minutes of meeting, at which Peter and Augustus Jay were present. Ordered
that the church warden pay one fifth of three hundred pounds to John Petel as the
bequest to John and Rachel Petel's children from her brother Elias Nean...
Minutes of board meeting, at which Peter Jay, Augustus Jay and Robert
Livingston were present. Ordered that the church warden pay one fifth of three hundred
pounds to Andrew Nickels and his wife Rachel, as the bequest to Rachel...
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...
Minutes of meeting, at which Peter Jay was present. The church warden will
pay the arrears of quitrent due his Majesty for the church or farms and any amount of
the lease between the church and Colonel Fletcher from 1697, as on...
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,...
Minutes of meeting, at which Peter Jay was present. Colonel Robinson paid
Mr. Richard Nicholls the quitrents due his Majesty for the church farm and garden.
Includes draft of petition to the Corporation of New York about incorp...
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 ...