John Jay Manuscript Document Signed as Governor of NY – “General Orders for the Celebration of the 4th day of July 1795 – the anniversary of American Independence”

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American statesman (1745–1829) who served variously as President of the Continental Congress, diplomat, and, from 1789 to 1795, first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court.

Two-page, recto and verso, manuscript document signed “John Jay” as Governor of New York, July 3, 1795, New York, in full:

State of New York – General Orders for the celebration of the 4th day of July 1795 – the anniversary of American Independence.

Precisely at Sun Rise the National Flag will be hoisted at the Battery near the Government House and at Governor’s Island.

At that hour and at 12 o’clock a National Salute will be fired at each of the above places, commencing at Governor’s Island and to be followed from the other place, a short interval intervening.

Lt. Colonel Bauman will take charge of the firings on the Battery near the Government House and Captain Thompson of those on Governor’s Island.

The Commissary of Military Stores is directed to furnish Lt. Colonel Bauman with the requisite materials for these purposes from the public stores and also Captain Thompson if necessary.

Jay resigned his post as the First Chief Justice of the Supreme Court on June 29, 1795, assuming the role of second Governor of New York on July 1, 1795.