DescriptionJohn 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.
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