Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice


    John Jay Autograph Letter Signed as governor of New York. One page, 7.75" x 9.5", Bedford [New York], June 8, 1801. Jay is writing to an unknown recipient in part: "Be pleased to desire Mr. Secy Hale [New York Secretary of State Daniel Hale] to send me by the Post (with way to seal it) a Pardon for Edward W. Earle, who at a court...held in and for the city and county of New York in the month of July last, was convicted of having feloniously passed a counterfeit check on the cashier of the Manhattan Company, and sentenced to Imprisonment and hard Labor in the State prison for Life. Mr. Calden who tried him, represents him as...[an] object of mercy. I will take care, immediately after sealing it, to send it to Mr. Hale to be recorded." Uneven mat burning along the left and right edges. Overall toning. Smoothed folds.

    John Jay (1745-1829) wore many important hats during his lifetime: American politician, statesman, revolutionary, diplomat, a founding father of the United States, president of the Continental Congress, the first chief justice of the United States, and second governor of the state of New York.

    John Jay was chief justice of the Supreme Court when he was elected governor in May 1795. He resigned from the Supreme Court on June 29, 1795, and assumed his new position as governor. While still governor, President John Adams nominated him for a second time to the Supreme Court, which was approved by Congress, however, Jay declined. A Federalist, he ran for president in the 1796 and 1800 elections, acquiring five electoral votes in the first and one in the second. When his term as governor was set to expire in 1801, he was nominated for reelection, but declined. He spent his remaining years farming in Winchester County.

    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    April, 2013
    11th Thursday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 476

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $14) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 24 days left to consign to the 2019 April 28 Luxury Accessories Signature Auction - Dallas!

    Learn about consigning with us

    I don’t often do testimonials but in this case I felt truly obligated to thank Heritage Auctions for the extremely professional job your organization did for me.
    Charlie K.,
    Pittsburgh, PA
    View More Testimonials receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source:

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2019 January 15 "Say it Loud" The John Silverstein Collection of African American Social History - Dallas
    2019 January 15 "Say it Loud" The John Silverstein Collection of African American Social History - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $302,219