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John Jay Letter


Take a look in the Reference Area at a copy of an historical letter written by John Jay to New York Governor George Clinton in 1782.

The original letter is on permanent loan to the University of Washington Law School from The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the State of Washington, and is safely housed in the Law Library's Special Collections. When examining the copy on display, note in particular the letter�s last paragraph, which discusses the fair treatment of judges.

View a scanned image of the letter.

A digital image of what appears to be an earlier, rough draft of this same letter can be found on the web at Columbia University Libraries� The Papers of John Jay. This database contains thousands of Jay�s papers that can be searched by name of the writer, name of the recipient, date of composition, name of holding institution and Jay ID number. Search for Jay ID # 7625 to compare Columbia�s document with our own.

Who was John Jay?

John Jay served on the Continental Congress and became the first Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. You can learn more about John Jay at the following websites:

To read more about John Jay, see the following books in the Gallagher Law Library collection:

  • John Jay, 1972. (American Statesmen, vol. 9). E176 .A52 v.9 1972 at Classified Stacks.
  • John Jay, 1975, 2 vols. E302 .J425 at Classified Stacks (reproductions of unpublished papers held by Columbia University Libraries)
  • John Jay: Founding Father, 2005. E302.6.J4 S73 2005 at Classified Stacks.
  • John Jay, the Nation, and the Court, 1967. KF8745.J3 M6 at Classified Stacks.
  • George Van Santvoord's Sketch of John Jay: From Sketches of the Lives, Times & Judicial Services of the Chief Justices of the Supreme Court of the United States, 3d ed. 2001. E302.6.J4 V25 2001 at Classified Stacks.
  • The Life of John Jay . . . by His Son, 1833. 2 vols. E302.6.J4 J42 1833 at Classified Stacks.
  • The Supreme Court in the Early Republic: The Chief Justiceships of John Jay and Oliver Ellsworth. KF8742 .C36 1995 at Classified Stacks.

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