Adams Papers

To John Adams from John Jay, 4 May 1786

From John Jay

New York 4 May 17861

Dear Sir

I have been favored with your Letter in which you mention Mr Warren.2 Your opinion of that Gentleman, added to the Merits of his Family, cannot fail to operate powerfully in his Favor. I have communicated that Letter to Mr King, an able & valuable Delegate from Massachusets; who I have Reason to think wishes well to you, and to all who like You, deserve well of their Country.

our Friend Gerry has retired from Congress with a charming amiable Lady, whom he married here. I regret his absence, for he discharged the Trust reposed in him with great Fidelity, & with more Industry and persevering Attention than many are distinguished by. Mr King has also married a Lady of merit, and the only child of Mr Alsop, who was in Congress with us in 1774. I am pleased with these Intermarriages—they tend to assimilate the States, and to promote one of the first Wishes of my Heart vizt. to see the People of america become one Nation in every Respect— for as to the separate Legislatures, I would have them considered with Relation to the Confederacy, in the same Light, in which Counties stand to the State of which they are parts—vizt merely as Districts to facilitate the purposes of domestic order, & good Governmt.— With great & sincere Regard I am / Dr Sr. your most obt. & hble Servt

John Jay—

RC (Adams Papers description begins Manuscripts and other materials, 1639–1889, in the Adams Manuscript Trust collection given to the Massachusetts Historical Society in 1956 and enlarged by a few additions of family papers since then. Citations in the present edition are simply by date of the original document if the original is in the main chronological series of the Papers and therefore readily found in the microfilm edition of the Adams Papers (APM). description ends ); internal address: “Honb. John Adams Esqr.

1In a third letter of this date (MHi:Waterston Coll.), Jay replied to JA’s second 4 Jan. letter, above, concerning his meeting with John Moore, archbishop of Canterbury, about the ordination of American Protestant Episcopal bishops. Jay indicated that he had communicated the contents of the letter to Rev. Samuel Provoost, rector of Trinity Church in New York City, who appreciated JA’s effort. Jay hoped that the first general Episcopal convention in the United States would succeed in its appeal to the Church of England so as to diminish the influence of Rev. Samuel Seabury, bishop of Connecticut, who had opposed the Revolution (vol. 17:562).

2Jay refers to JA’s second letter of 3 Dec. 1785, above.

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