THE RARE BOOK AND
MANUSCRIPT LIBRARY
OF COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY

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59 John Jay 1745-1829
and John Trumbull 1750-1831
Jay Treaty Letterbook
Manuscript, 1 volume, April 9, 1794-March 5, 1795
In June 1794 John Jay arrived in London as Envoy Extraordinary to the Court of his British Majesty to negotiate what was to become The Treaty of Amity, Commerce and Navigation, better known as The Jay Treaty, which was signed November 19, 1794. Accompanying him as his secretary was the American painter John Trumbull, and it was Trumbull who made most of the entries in the letterbook, although some are in the hands of Jay and his son Peter Augustus (1776-1843). Trumbull had learned to paint while at Harvard and won praise from John Singleton Copley. After graduation in 1773 he executed some paintings and gained experience in cartography through a commission to draw maps of new townships for the Connecticut State Assembly. His ability as artist and cartographer is shown in the maps which he drew in the letterbook showing cessions proposed by Lord Grenville, the British foreign secretary.
Frederic Bancroft Fund and various donors

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