John Jay (12/23/1745 - 5/17/1829)

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John Jay (December 23, 1745 (December 12, 1745 OS) – May 17, 1829) was an American statesman, Patriot, diplomat, one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, signer of the Treaty of Paris, and first Chief Justice of the United States (1789–95).

Jay was born into a wealthy family of merchants and government officials in New York City. He became a lawyer and joined the New York Committee of Correspondence and organized opposition to British rule. He joined a conservative political faction that, fearing mob rule, sought to protect property rights and maintain the rule of law while resisting British violations of human rights.

Jay served as the President of the Continental Congress (1778–79), an honorific position with little power. During and after the American Revolution, Jay was Minister (Ambassador) to Spain, a negotiator of the Treaty of Paris by which Great Britain recognized American independence, and Secretary of Foreign Affairs, helping to fashion United States foreign policy. His major diplomatic achievement was to negotiate favorable trade terms with Great Britain in the Treaty of London of 1794.

Jay, a proponent of strong, centralized government, worked to ratify the U.S. Constitution in New York in 1788 by pseudonymously writing five of The Federalist Papers, along with the main authors Alexander Hamilton and James Madison. After the establishment of the U.S. government, Jay became the first Chief Justice of the United States, serving from 1789 to 1795.

As a leader of the new Federalist Party, Jay was the Governor of New York State (1795–1801), where he became the state's leading opponent of slavery. His first two attempts to end slavery in New York in 1777 and 1785 failed, but a third in 1799 succeeded. The 1799 Act, a gradual emancipation he signed into law, eventually gave all slaves in New York their freedom before his death in 1829.

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Full Title Author Volume Date Out Date In Rep. Fine Ledger
Transcribed: Fielding's WorksHenry FieldingVolume 87/24/17897/27/1789son
Transcribed: Fielding's WorksHenry FieldingVolume 87/24/17897/27/1789son
Transcribed: Fielding's WorksHenry FieldingVolume 97/27/17898/3/1789Self
Transcribed: Anson's VoyageGeorge Anson; Richard Walter7/29/17898/3/1789son
Transcribed: Goldsmith's Animated NatureOliver GoldsmithVolume 18/3/17898/5/1789son
Transcribed: Peregrine PickleTobias SmollettVolume 18/5/17898/10/1789son
Transcribed: Peregrine PickleTobias SmollettVolume 28/10/17898/12/1789son
Transcribed: Peregrine PickleTobias SmollettVolume 38/12/17898/14/1789son
Transcribed: Sully's MemoirsMaximilien de Béthune SullyVolume 18/14/17898/21/1789son
Transcribed: Sully's MemoirsMaximilien de Béthune SullyVolume 28/21/17898/24/1789son
Transcribed: Sully's MemoirsMaximilien de Béthune SullyVolume 38/24/17898/28/1789son
Transcribed: Sully's MemoirsMaximilien de Béthune SullyVolume 48/28/17898/31/1789son
Transcribed: Sully's MemoirsMaximilien de Béthune SullyVolume 58/31/17899/2/1789son
Transcribed: Irwin's AdventuresEyles Irwin9/2/17899/4/1789son
Transcribed: Bruce's MemoirsPeter Henry Bruce9/4/17899/7/1789son
Transcribed: Baron de TottFrançois TottVolume 19/7/17899/9/1789son
Transcribed: Baron de TottFrançois TottVolume 29/9/17899/11/1789son
Transcribed: Baron TottFrançois TottVolume 39/11/17899/16/1789
Transcribed: Grose's VoyageJohn Henry GroseVolume 19/16/17899/21/1789
Transcribed: Grose's voyageJohn Henry GroseVolume 29/21/17899/25/1789
Transcribed: Swinburne's TravelsHenry SwinburneVolume 19/25/17899/30/1789
Transcribed: Swinburne's Travels - Con Henry SwinburneVolume 29/30/1789
Transcribed: Swinburne's TravelsHenry SwinburneVolume 110/14/178910/23/1789
Transcribed: Swinburne's TravelsHenry SwinburneVolume 210/23/178910/28/1789
Transcribed: Cook's VoyageJames CookVolume 111/13/178911/18/1789
Transcribed: Cook's VoyageJames CookVolume 211/18/178911/23/1789
Transcribed: Cooke's VoyageJames CookVolume 211/18/178911/23/1789
Transcribed: Ramsay Rev. S. CarolinaDavid RamsayVolume 111/23/178911/25/1789
Transcribed: Langhorne's PlutarchJohn Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 111/25/178912/9/1789
Transcribed: "John Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 112/9/178912/28/1789
Transcribed: ChrysalCharles JohnstoneVolume 11/18/17901/20/1790
Transcribed: "Charles JohnstoneVolume 21/20/17901/22/1790
Transcribed: "Charles JohnstoneVolume 31/22/17902/3/1790
Transcribed: Children's friendArnaud BerquinVolume 22/3/17902/10/1790
Transcribed: Lady's EncyJohn SeallyVolume 12/10/17902/12/1790
Transcribed: Children's friendArnaud BerquinVolume 32/12/17903/1/1790
Transcribed: Rollins An. HistCharles RollinVolume 43/1/17903/10/1790
Transcribed: Children's friendArnaud BerquinVolume 43/10/17903/24/1790
Transcribed: Marmontel's TalesJean-François MarmontelVolume 13/29/17904/12/1790
Transcribed: Brydone's TourPatrick Brydone4/12/17904/19/1790
Transcribed: Sale of AuthorsArchibald Campbell4/19/17905/3/1790
Transcribed: Rollins An. HistCharles RollinVolume 75/3/17905/22/1790
Transcribed: BuffonGeorges Louis Leclerc, Comte de BuffonVolume 65/22/17905/24/1790
Transcribed: "Georges Louis Leclerc, Comte de BuffonVolume 75/24/17906/3/1790
Transcribed: Langhorne's PlutarchJohn Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 16/3/17906/28/1790
Transcribed: "John Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 26/28/17907/10/1790
Transcribed: "John Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 37/10/17907/17/1790
Transcribed: "John Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 47/17/17907/23/1790
Transcribed: "John Langhorne; William Langhorne; PlutarchVolume 57/23/17908/7/1790
Transcribed: Life of Putman8/7/17908/23/1790
Transcribed: Enfield speakerWilliam Enfield8/23/17909/2/1790
Transcribed: Wilsons Pelew IslandsGeorge Keate9/2/17909/3/1790
Transcribed: Hawkesworths VoyagesJohn HawkesworthVolume 19/3/17909/6/1790
Transcribed: "John HawkesworthVolume 29/6/17909/16/1790
Transcribed: Carver's TravelJonathan Carver9/16/17909/28/1790
Transcribed: Independent9/28/17909/29/1790
Transcribed: CandidusVoltaire9/29/17909/30/1790
Transcribed: ArpasiaRichard ClarkeVolume 19/30/179010/2/1790
Transcribed: "Richard ClarkeVolume 210/2/179010/6/1790
Transcribed: Historical MiscellaniesFrancis Osborne10/6/179010/8/1790
Transcribed: Fair SyrianRobert BageVolume 110/8/179010/9/1790
Transcribed: Fair SyrianRobert BageVolume 210/9/179010/12/1790
Transcribed: Boyle's VoyagesWilliam Rufus Chetwood10/12/179010/13/1790
Transcribed: Fool QualityHenry Brooke10/13/179010/14/1790
Transcribed: Irvines AdventuresEyles Irwin10/14/179010/30/1790
Transcribed: Le Bruyns TravelsCornelis de BruynVolume 110/30/179012/11/1790
Transcribed: Campbell's AdmiralsJohn CampbellVolume 112/11/179012/24/1790
Transcribed: Adelade & Theo.Stéphanie Félicité, comtesse de GenlisVolume 112/24/179012/28/1790
Transcribed: Children's friendArnaud BerquinVolume 312/28/179012/29/1790
Transcribed: Ad & TheoStéphanie Félicité, comtesse de GenlisVolume 212/29/179012/30/1790
Transcribed: Children's friendArnaud BerquinVolume 412/30/179012/31/1790
Transcribed: Bougainville VoyageLouis Antoine de Bougainville1/3/17911/10/1790
Transcribed: Hist 5 Indian NationsCadwallader Colden1/21/17911/28/1791
Transcribed: CeciliaFanny BurneyVolume 21/28/17911/29/1791
Transcribed: "Fanny BurneyVolume 31/29/17912/1/1791
Transcribed: SwiftJonathan SwiftVolume 32/1/17912/14/1791
Transcribed: Chambers DictionaryEphraim ChambersVolume 22/14/17912/19/1791
Transcribed: "Ephraim ChambersVolume 12/19/17912/21/1791
Transcribed: EmiliaMrs. Burke2/21/17913/29/1791
Transcribed: LoungerHenry MackenzieVolume 13/30/17914/2/1791
Transcribed: RetributionAnna Maria MacKenzieVolume 14/2/17914/7/1791
Transcribed: "Anna Maria MacKenzieVolume 24/9/17914/16/1791
Transcribed: "Anna Maria MacKenzieVolume 34/16/17914/26/1791
Transcribed: Aubrey's MiscellaniesJohn Aubrey5/19/17916/4/1791
Transcribed: Dis. ChinaJ. B. Grosier7/22/17917/31/1791
Transcribed: Peter CruelJohn Talbot DillonVolume 18/23/17918/25/1791
Transcribed: "John Talbot DillonVolume 28/25/17918/29/1791
Transcribed: Harrisons CollectionVolume 19/13/179110/8/1791
Transcribed: Reids EssaysVolume 110/8/179110/17/1791
Transcribed: HawksworthJohn Hawkesworth10/17/179110/20/1791
Transcribed: ChatteleauxFrançois-Jean Chastellux10/20/179110/26/1791
Transcribed: HawksworthJohn HawkesworthVolume 210/26/179110/27/1791
Transcribed: Bougainville VoyageLouis Antoine de Bougainville10/28/179110/29/1791
Transcribed: Chambers DictionaryEphraim ChambersVolume 110/29/179111/18/1791
Transcribed: Arabian NightsVolume 111/18/179111/30/1791
Transcribed: Freneaus MiscellaniesPhilip Freneau12/7/179112/19/1791
Transcribed: QuixoteMiguel de Cervantes SaavedraVolume 22/2/17922/3/1792
Transcribed: Cook's VoyageJames CookVolume 12/16/17922/18/1792
Transcribed: LavalleeJoseph LavalléeVolume 22/25/17923/6/1792
Transcribed: Burganne's SpainJean Francois BourgoingVolume 13/6/17923/15/1792
Transcribed: BruceJames Bruce3/15/17923/29/1792
Transcribed: CookJames CookVolume 23/29/17923/31/1792
Transcribed: Grey's HudibrasZachary GreyVolume 16/9/18006/21/1800
Transcribed: Grays HudsbraZachary GreyVolume 16/9/18006/21/1800
Transcribed: Athenian LettersVolume 17/30/18008/4/1800
Transcribed: Athenian LettersVolume 17/30/18008/4/1800
Transcribed: "Volume 28/4/18008/5/1800
Transcribed: "Volume 28/4/18008/5/1800
Transcribed: Campbell on MiraclesGeorge Campbell5/22/18026/11/1802
Transcribed: Campbell MiracGeorge CampbellVolume 25/22/18026/11/1802
Transcribed: Voltaire's WorksVoltaireVolume 23/22/18034/5/1803
Transcribed: Voltaire's WorksVoltaireVolume 43/22/18034/5/1803
Transcribed: Voltaire's WorksVoltaireVolume 53/22/18034/5/1803
Transcribed: Voltaires WorksVoltaireVolume 243/22/18034/5/1803
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