LESS THAN THREE MONTHS AFTER HIS RESIGNATION AS THE FIRST UNITED STATES CHIEF JUSTICE OF THE SUPREME COURT TO BECOME THE SECOND GOVERNOR OF NEW YORK, FOUNDING FATHER AND AMERICAN PATRIOT JOHN JAY HANDWRITES A FINACIAL DOCUMENT AND HAND-SIGNS IN THE TEXT
John Jay (1745-1829) Handwritten Document Signed In Text, "John Jay", 7.5 x 2, New York, 10 August 1795, In full: "Recd. of John Jay sixteen pounds four shillings in full of all Demands --16-4-0", signed in acceptance by Elias Kadi, a financial document written and signed in text by the American statesman, patriot, diplomat, Founding Father of the United States, abolitionist, negotiator and signatory of the Treaty of Paris of 1783, second Governor of New York, and the first Chief Justice of the United States. Jay was elected to the Second Continental Congress, and served as President of the Congress. From 1779 to 1782, Jay served as the ambassador to Spain, he persuaded Spain to provide financial aid to the fledgling United States. He also served as a negotiator of the Treaty of Paris, in which Britain recognized American independence. Following the end of the war, Jay served as Secretary of Foreign Affairs, directing United States foreign policy under the Articles of Confederation government. He also served as the first Secretary of State on an interim basis. A proponent of strong, centralized government, Jay worked to ratify the United States Constitution in New York in 1788. He was a co-author of The Federalist Papers along with Alexander Hamilton and James Madison, and wrote five of the 85 essays. After the establishment of the new federal government, Jay was appointed by President George Washington the first Chief Justice of the United States, serving from 1789 to 1795. Jay was the founder and president of the New York Manumission Society in 1785, which organized boycotts against newspapers and merchants involved in the slave trade, and provided legal counsel to free blacks. Jay, who served as vice-president (1816–21) and president (1821–27) of the American bible Society, believed that the most effective way of ensuring world peace was through propagation of the Christian gospel. Jay was elected in May 1795, as the second governor of New York (succeeding George Clinton) as a Federalist. He resigned from the Supreme Court service on June 29, 1795, and served six years as governor until 1801. This very rare document is in fine condition, with minor age toning and creases and comes with a stunning Christie's Auction Catalog full color image.