DescriptionJohn Clarkson Jay Letter Signed and William Jay Autograph Letter Signed. Two manuscripts from the famous and influential Jay family of New York. Lot includes:
John Clarkson Jay LS: One page with integral blank, 8" x 10", New York, March 26, 1845. John Clarkson Jay was the eldest son of Peter Augustus Jay and grandson of John Jay. Brief letter to George Ellis, forwarding a copy of the "Recordings of the New York Historical Society for the year 1844." Creased, faint toning. Hinged at left margin to a larger cardboard sheet measuring 11" x 14".
William Jay ALS: Eight pages, 5" x 8", New York, January 28, 1854. William Jay was an American reformer and jurist, the son of John Jay. Lengthy great content letter to an unidentified correspondent mentioning legislation, the unconstitutionality of banning slavery, and the Nebraska Scheme. In part: "I hope & believe we shall have a telling meeting against the Douglass rascality on Monday evening. Yet it is horrible to see how afraid our party men such men are of committing themselves against Slavery. Many of these people talk boldly against the repeal of the Missouri compromise, but when asked to sign the call for the meeting, or to act as an officer... beg to be excused." Moderate toning.
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