John Jay and Sarah Van Brugh
A Mouse in Henry Livingston's House

The day after the first session of the New York Congress met in Poughkeepsie, seven months after the death of baby Henry, John Jay and his wife Sarah, both cousins of Henry, came to stay with Henry and Sarah for 9 days as Sally was due to deliver their third child.

In 1781 Jay wrote to a Poughkeepsie friend from Spain: "Harry Livingston, I imagine, lives in the neighborhood [of Jay's father's rental property]. His wife is an excellent woman and, in my opinion, a rara avis in Terra [a rare bird on Earth]. I believe they both wish us well, and would not refuse to oblige me, by taking my Son to live with them, and treating him as they do their own."

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Slideshow Index,
Introduction,   Ch1: Mouse,   Ch2: Sarah,   Ch3: After Sarah,   Ch4: Locust Grove,   Ch5: Know,  
Ch6: Dunder,   Ch7: War,   Ch8: Unexpected,   Ch9: Economy,   Ch10: Dutch,  
Ch11: Politics,   Ch12: Religion,   Ch13: Work,   Ch14: Myths,   Ch15: Happy Xmas,   Epilog


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