Jay, John (ON HOLD)

1823 frameable ALS to son Peter on family health matters, bottling ale, and tenant problems

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(1745-1829) President of the Continental Congress 1778-79, Minister to Spain 1779, Secretary for Foreign Affairs 1784-89, 1st Chief Justice of the US 1789-95, New York Governor 1795-1801. 10 x 8 ALS to son Peter Augustus Jay, Bedford (House, Katonah, NY now),October 28 1823, Jay is glad Peter's aunt is better, that Sarah's stomach is recovering strength, is uncertain when William and Augusta will be with him, Augusta having been ill. Her illness will induce Augusta to hesitate going to New York with the child while her health is precarious. Maria is also more unwell than she was. Jay hopes to "derive some benefit from exercise in the course of this month but the weather has been such as to afford me few opportunities for it." He asks Peter to ask Mr. De Peyster to send him two barrels of ale to "Sinsing" (Ossining, Westchester, NY) immediately for bottling. After mentioning a "tenant of the stable" converting it into a "circus, he adds that William is attending the Agricultural Society and will return the following day, then asks for Mr. Cooper's health (undoubtedly author James Fenimore Cooper). He closes by sending love to Mary and the children. PETER AUGUSTUS JAY (1776-1843) Eldest son of Founding Father John Jay, one of 6 children born to John and Sarah Jay ( brother William, 1789-1858, and sisters Susan, born-died 1780; Maria, 1782-1856; Ann, 1783-?; and Sarah Louisa 1792-?). 1794 Kings College graduate, Peter acted as private secretary to his father in London for the Jay Treaty. He studied law and opened a practice in New York City with cousin Peter Jay Munro. He married Mary Rutherfurd Clarkson in 1807 and they had 8 children. Peter Jay helped found the Bank for Savings (contributing to the establishment of the New York State savings bank system) 1812-17. He was a NYC Federalist member of the State Assembly in 1816, active in arranging financing to build the Erie Canal. Jay shared his father's commitment to social justice and actively pursued greater rights for African Americans. He was President of the New York Manumission Society in 1816 and President of the New York Public School Society which was anti-slavery and concerned with greater humanitarianism towards the poor. FREDERIC DE PEYSTER (1796-1882) NYC lawyer, graduated from Kings College 1816, admitted to the bar 1819. He was master in chancery 1820-37, when his investments so increased his inherited fortune that he resigned to devote himself to management of his estate. He served on the boards of management of many charitable and educational institutions, and gave liberally to their support. He is the namesake of De Peyster, New York. JAMES FENIMORE COOPER (1789-1851) Popular prolific early 19th Century American writer whose historical romances of frontier and Indian life in early American days created a unique form of American literature. His 2nd novel, "The Spy" (1821) was believed to have been inspired by a tale related to him by neighbor and intimate family friend John Jay. A bestseller, the setting of this Revolutionary War tale is widely believed to have been John Jay's family home "The Locusts" in Rye, New York.

Condition: Very good
Type:Letter






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