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John Jay writes on a visit by a member of the prominent loyalist family, the Delanceys, and his brother Frederick's journey to British-occupied New York to retrieve his wife, "... requesting a flag from General Washington to the Yonkers ... he is not yet returned, nor have we heard of or from him since. I imagine he was indulged with a Flag, and that the Enemy ... detain him for the present ..." With hopes of war's end, Jay confides, "Robberies have ceased, neither army is near us, the militia chiefly at Home, and every Body pleased with an Expectation of seeing the Devastation & Miseries of War, speedily succeeded by the Blessings of Peace Liberty & Plenty"
Autograph Letter Signed "John Jay", 3 pages, 7.5" x 13", Fish Kill, August 1, 1778, addressed in his hand on the integral transmittal leaf to his wife, Sarah "Sally" Van Brugh Livingston, in "Persipiney [sic Parsippany, New Jersey]". Jay writes concerning family matters, a journey by his brother into the British Lines at Yonkers (who remained unaccounted for), as well as a visit by a member of the largely loyalist Delancey family. Weak at folds with minor partial separations, some ink bleeds through from the verso, separated integral transmittal leaf bears some soiling and a small loss from a seal tear, else very good. Housed in a handsome custom slipcase bound in green morocco and marbled boards with a gilt-titled spine and green cloth interior featuring a fine 19th century steel engraving of Jay. Jay writes to his wife, then in Parsippany, New Jersey staying with her father Governor William Livingston (1723-90), in full: "My dear Sally, You have since my Depa
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