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Lot 252

Jay, John (1745-1829) American jurist and statesman. Partly-printed Document Signed as Governor of New York, Albany, April 18, 1803. One page oblong folio. A military commission for William Clapsaddle as "Lieutenant Colonel Commandant of the Regiment of Militia in the County of Herkimer.…" Countersigned by Secretary of State Jasper Hopper. Overall age toning and light soiling. Scalloped lower edge and paper seal is intact. Jay's signature is nice and bold. Suitable for framing and display.

John Jay served in the Continental Congress (1774-77, 1778, 1778, as President 1778-79). He drafted New York's first constitution and was chief justice of the state supreme court (1777-78). He was appointed American minister to Spain in 1779, but was called to Paris by Franklin to help negotiate the peace treaty with Great Britain. He served as U.S. secretary of foreign affairs (1784-80) and, with Hamilton and Madison, wrote The Federalist . From 1789-95 he was Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He negotiated Jay's Treaty with Great Britain, settling outstanding disputes (1794-95), and was Governor of New York (1795-1801). Truly a great American.
Estimated Value $1,500 - 2,000.

Realized $863

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