John Jay to Sally Jay
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 9 April 1794
Autograph signed letter, 2 pages.
9 ap. 1794
My dear Sally
The last thing I did at Trenton was to write a few lines to you, which you have
I arrived here on Monday Even
and Yesterday dined with the Presid
Washington made very friendly Enquires about you and the children
The question of war or peace seems to be as much in suspense here as in NYork
when I left you. I am rather inclined to think that peace will continue, but should not be
surprized if war should take place. In the present State of Things it will be best to be
ready to the ready for the latter Event in every Respect.
As I shall remain here at least ten Days I flatter myself with the pleasure of
receiving several Letters from you before my Departure for Delaware. I met [illegible] at
[illegible] Briston he had seen our Friends at Baltimore, and if I understood him right
had Letters from them for you. Does Susan mean to come to New York before her
Journey to the western country. I heard at Trenton that Judge Simms had left it in her
The Expectation of rec
a Letter from you induced me to postpone closing
this Letter, and sending it to the post office untill to Day. I am glad to hear that so many
Boards had been sent to Rye.. The aspect of the Times is such that prudential
arrangements calculated on the Prospect of War sh
not be neglected nor too long
postponed. Peace or war appears to  me a Question which cannot now be solved ..
unless things should take a Turn in the mean Time; I think it will be best on my Return to
[illegible] on our affairs at Bedford briefly There is much Irritation and agitation in this
town and in Congress G. Britain has acted unwisely and unjustly, & there is some
Danger of our acting int intemperately. I hope my letter Maj
Lyon has been sent
remember to write to win friends at Rye. I yet have Remains of the Rhumatism; but I
think they abate tho very gradually.