Jay, John (1745-1829). Founding father, an author of the Federalist Papers, and first Chief Justice of the United States. DS as Governor of New York, 1 p, 12 x 10 in., on vellum, Albany, NY. February 15, 1796. Document appointing Abraham Van Vechten (1732-1847) Recorder for the city of Albany. Includes large seal, paper over wax, attached at the bottom margin on ribbon, 3.375 in. diameter. One side with FRUSTRA ("In vain") and 1777. Verso with sun rising (setting?) behind mountains. With The Great Seal of the State of New York around outer ring and Year of Our Lord 1777 to the inside.
Van Vechten went on to serve as New York's attorney general twice from 1810-1811 and 1813-1815. In his legal career, he frequently sparred with other famous litigators such as Alexander Hamilton, Aaron Burr, and Samuel Jones.
Very good, some folds and minor soiling of the paper.
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