Joseph Ellis QUARTET podcast

Listen to Joseph Ellis talk about his latest book, Quartet: Orchestrating the Second American Revolution, 1783-1789. Hint: John Jay is a featured soloist in the ensemble.  Stacy Schiff moderated the May 14th 2015 talk, in which Ellis explains “how Washington, Hamilton, Jay, and Madison helped orchestrate the complex political process that ultimately resulted in the […]

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The Graduate

The Graduate Today, Columbia University held its 261st commencement ceremony. May 22 will mark the 251st anniversary of John Jay’s graduation from Columbia, or rather King’s College (founded 1754). John Jay entered King’s in 1760 (age 14 1/2). King’s was the logical choice for Jay to attend, and not merely because of its location; his […]

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Traversing the Green Woods with John Jay

While taking notes on John Jay’s Circuit Court Diary, I came across a brief entry, which at first glance, seemed fairly typical of the information that Jay recorded in his journal. Penned in the fall of 1790, the single line read as follows: [Octr]  13 Dine’d at Phelps in Gr[een] Woods tolerably clean[1] Much of my work […]

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King George III’s private papers to go online…and of course Mr. Jay is there.

According to the BBC, George III’s private papers are to go online. Noted in their article is “a letter from US Founding Father John Jay to George Washington, dated 1781.” However, the letter they are referring to is not from Jay, but to Jay from Washington, dated 22 October 1781. In it, Washington sent Jay […]

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Jay, Washington,. . .and donkeys and mules?

Mary Wigge, a research editor with The Financial Papers of George Washington, posted a fascinating piece yesterday in their project blog on George Washington’s Spanish donkey, Royal Gift, a gift to Washington from King Charles III of Spain. Now, you may not usually associate donkeys and George Washington, but Washington was largely responsible for the […]

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Happy Constitution Day! Part 2.

Today is Constitution Day, the commemoration of the signing of the Constitution by the members of the Constitutional Convention, in Philadelphia, on 17 September 1787. But that was just the beginning. A long struggle, filled with passionate debate, followed before the Constitution was finally ratified by the United States and a new government was formed. […]

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John Jay in the Junto

From my colleague Robb Haberman: Check out this interview with Dora Petherbridge, curator at the National Library of Scotland on the Junto blog: http://earlyamericanists.com/2014/09/16/edinburghs-early-americans/ The NLS has the letters/diaries of Henrietta Marchant (1751-1828) who provides the following description of Governor Jay: “His eye is penetrating, his conversation sensible & intelligent; his deportment grave &, though his […]

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