Selected Letters of John Jay and Sarah Livingston Jay: Correspondence by or to the First Chief Justice of the United States and His Wife

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McFarland, Jan 27, 2010 - History - 319 pages
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"Excellent."--Pennsylvania History: A Journal of Mid-Atlantic Studies

   This collection of letters chronicles the personal lives of founding father John Jay and his wife, Sarah Livingston Jay, in the tumultuous times during and after the American Revolution. The letters showcase Sarah as a devoted wife and mother who also helped further her husband's political career. Their correspondence reveals the abiding love of husband and wife, their concern for their children, the dangers and difficulties of travel, descriptions of the lands they visited and events they witnessed, as well as a sense of the effort it took to survive in the era even with the buffer of wealth.

   The book includes essays on the Jay and Livingston families, family trees, and information about the character and appearance of both husband and wife,and other topics. Importantly, there are textual bridges between the letters where necessary.

 

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Contents

Introduction
7
Chronology
21
Together in Europe
63
The Demands of Public Service and Family
165
Separated Reunited Parted
217
Epilogue
285
Bibliography
301
Index
307
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Both John Jay and Sarah Livingston Jay are deceased.

Independent researcher Landa M. Freeman, lives in Guilford, Connecticut.

Louise V. North, also an independent researcher, lives in Pompton Plains, New Jersey.

Janet M. Wedge is a writing consultant and adjunct professor of English composition at Manhattanville College in Purchase, New York. She lives in Ossining, New York.

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