From John Jay
New York 28th. Sepbr. 1792
On Monday the 17th. inst. I set out for Sussex in New Jersey with design after dispatching some private business I had there to proceed from thence on my Circuit. On the 19th. I found myself with a slight inflamation on one eye & some flying Rheumatic pains, to which not suspecting any thing serious I paid little attention. By the 25th. my Eyes were so much inflamed that it was with difficulty I read your letter which I received that morning.1 Throughout the course of the day those symptoms attended with a little fever increased & convinced me that I was not to be well in a few days. Under these circumstances it appeared to me best if possible to return home. I set out the next day, the weather was favorable, & I arrived with much pain the day before yesterday. Not withstanding bleeding & physick, both inflamation & Rheumatism continue obstinate. As my eyes would not permit me to answer your letter I’ve sent it to Mr. King.2 Judge Cushing3 does not appear yet. It wd. be a sad thing if he also shd. be laid up. Respecting the duration of my confinement I can as yet form no conjectures. The moment I regain sufficient health for the purpose I shall again proceed on my circuit.
AL, Columbia University Libraries.
1. H’s letter, which was dated September 17, 1792, has not been found.
3. William Cushing of Massachusetts was an associate justice of the Supreme Court. Cushing and Jay were to preside at the session of the Middle Circuit Court to be held at Trenton, New Jersey, on October 2, 1792. Cushing presided over the session alone (RG 21, Minutes of the District Court of New Jersey, 1790–1879, National Archives).