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George Washington to John Jay

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Title

George Washington to John Jay

Description

In this letter, George Washington notifies John Jay that he has been appointed as the first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States, stating, "I have full confidence that the love which you bear our Country, and a desire to promote general happiness, will not suffer you to hesitate a moment to bring into action the talents, knowledge and integrity which are so necessary to be exercised at the head of that department which must be considered as the key-stone of our political fabric." Jay served as Chief Justice from 1789 until 1795, when he was elected governor of New York.

Creator

George Washington

Source

George and Katherine Davis Collection, Manuscripts Collection 755, Louisiana Research Collection, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA 70118.

Publisher

Louisiana Research Collection

Date

1781 October 5

Rights

Physical rights are retained by the Louisiana Research Collection. Copyright is retained in accordance with U.S. copyright laws.

Format

Image/jpg

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

755_B1_F2_P1_20140804 755_B1_F2_P2_20140804

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Text

United States, October 5, 1789

Sir,

It is with singular pleasure that I address you as Chief Justice of the supreme Court of the United States, for which office your commission is enclosed.

In nominating you for the important station which you now fill, I not only acted in conformity to my best judgement; but, I trust, I did a grateful thing to the good citizens of these United States: and I have a full confidence that the love which you bear our Country, and a desire to promote general happiness, will not suffer you to hesitate a moment to bring into action the talents, knowledge and integrity which are so necessary to be exercised at the head of that department which must be considered as the key-stone of our political fabric.

I have the honor to be, with high consideration and sentiments of perfect esteem, Sir

Your most obedient and humble Servant
George Washington

The Honorable
John Jay

Original Format

Correspondence

Files

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Citation

George Washington, “George Washington to John Jay,” Tulane University Online Exhibits, accessed May 26, 2017, http://library.tulane.edu/exhibits/items/show/717.