Lot: 6 John Jay personal letter


2015-11-04 12:50:05


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Lot 6: Salutation of uncommon personal letter to his wife Sarah, in full I am impatient to receive another letter from you - God grant that it may contain good tiding respecting the recovery of your health.- My love to the children.~ I am my dear Sally, yours very affectionately- John Jay" John Jay was elected to the First Continental Congress, elected President of the Continental Congress in 1778, appointed Minister of Spain, helped negotiate the Treaty of Paris, appointed US Secretary for Foreign Affairs, wrote five of the Federalist Papers, nominated and confirmed as the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States and elected Governor of New York. In 1801, he resigned from political life to a farmhouse he built in Bedford, New York. John Jay devoted the remainder of his life to the Episcopalian church and the antislavery cause. His wife Sally had taken ill in the late 1790s through her death in 1802. John Jay moved into the Bedford house once construction was completed in December of 1801. However, Sarah didn't join him until later because of illness. However, She died May 28th, 1802. Most likely this letter was written during the period between 1797-1802. The letter is framed with an engraving portrait of John Jay. It is in good condition. Oak Auctions' Rare Autograph and Manuscript Auction Thursday, 19th November 2015 Estimate: $400-600
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