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Lot 43: Jay, John. Autograph manuscript, 11 pages (12 7/8 x 8 1/8 in.; 327 x 206 mm.)Platinum House
December 18, 2012
Calabasas Hills, CA, USALive Auction
43. Jay, John. Autograph manuscript, 11 pages (12 7/8 x 8 1/8 in.; 327 x 206 mm.), [no place, no date], headed List of Claims being a list of claims of loyalists for loss of property in the American revolution; with docketed paper wrappers.
John Jay lists the claims of loyalists for property loss in the American Revolution.
The claims of the Loyalists of New York are listed alphabetically by the claimants’ last names with their respective amounts, predominantly for property, as well as debts, and a few for income. For some claims, the amounts of the loss are not specified, and the claimant Benjamin Whitecuff is mentioned as being anegroe. In addition, the codes H and R are noted for several claimants; these codes are explained by Jay at the conclusion of the document: N.B. Those claimants ag[ains]t whose names H is not[ed] have been heard & Enq[uire]d by the Com[missione]rs and those whose names R is not[ed] have been reported to the L[an]ds. Com[missione]rs of the Treasury.
A remarkable historical record tracking the repercussions from the War for Independence.