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Framed Autographed Document signed twice
New York, 1788. unbound. 1 page, 8.25 x 7 inches, New York, September 10, 1788. Signed as United States Secretary of Foreign Affairs, the precursor to United States Secretary of State, and just months before being appointed the first United States Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, with an additional "John Jay" signature in the text. This is a financial document whereby the Secretary disposes of some farm business in preparation of his new government responsibilities, in full: "On this day we settled all accounts between us prior to the 1st day of May cash (except the taxes of 1786 & 1787, and except the account of Boards bought of Js. Smith, and of Rails from Randall & some Timber from Runnels) & there was found due on this settlement from Major Lyons to John Jay seventy pounds - twelve shillings - and four pence (including the balance due the last year). Besides: his share of David Dans note fore seven pounds and Robert Elliot's note for twenty pounds, both of which are yet unpaid." The settlement is counter-signed by Samuel Lyons -- a Revolutionary War Major and business partner of John Jay. In 1799 Jay built a house for Lyons on his estate when the latter served as his farm manager. Matted with an original 8.25 x 5.25-inch engraving executed by J.C. Buttre and set in an attractive brown wooden frame measuring 15.5 x 20.25 inches. Near fine condition. American statesman, diplomat, and first Chief Justice of the United States.
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