Treaty, officially titled “Treaty of Amity Commerce
and Navigation, between His Britannic Majesty; and The United
States of America,” was negotiated by Supreme Court
Chief Justice John Jay and signed between the United States
and Great Britain on November 19, 1794. Tensions between the
two countries had increased since the end of the Revolutionary
War over British military posts still located in America's
northwestern territory and British interference with American
trade and shipping. Jay was only partially successful in getting
Britain to meet America's demands and opposition to the treaty
in the United States was intense. Although President George
Washington was disappointed with the treaty’s provisions,
he felt it was the best hope to avert war with Great Britain
and submitted it to the Senate for approval. Jay’s Treaty
passed the Senate by a vote of 20 to 10, exactly the two-thirds
required for approval.
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Century of Lawmaking for a New Nation: U.S. Congressional
Documents and Debates, 1774-1875
This collection contains congressional publications from 1774 to 1875, including debates, bills, laws, and journals.
June 8, 1795, President George Washington submitted
to the Senate all of the documents related to the negotiation
of Jay's Treaty.
- The Senate
passed Jay's Treaty by a vote of 20 to 10 on June
24, 1795. However, Jay's Treaty required that the House
of Representatives appropriate funds for its implementation.
in the House attempted to block the appropriation
bill, with debate beginning on April 14, 1796. The appropriation
for the treaty was narrowly approved
by a vote of 51 to 48 on April 30, 1796.
State Papers contains additional documents related to U.S.
foreign relations from 1789 to 1828.
in the 4th Congress to locate additional Congressional
debate related to this treaty.
Alexander Hamilton Papers
The papers of Alexander Hamilton (ca. 1757-1804), first treasury secretary of the United States, consist of his personal and public correspondence.
Items related to Jay's Treaty include:
- 1794; [Apr. 23], points to be considered in the instructions to John Jay
- 1795; [July 9-11], "Remarks on the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation lately made the United States and Great Britain" [Transcription]
- 1795; [1795, July 25-1796, Jan. 9], "The Defence, Nos. II-XXXVIII," by Camillus; Nos. 2-22, [ 1795 July 25-Nov. 5-11]
The complete George Washington Papers collection from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 65,000 documents.
- Senate, June 24, 1795, Jay's Treaty. A copy of the resolution announcing the Senate's
approval of Jay's Treaty
- George Washington to Edmund Randolph, July 22, 1795, "My opinion respecting the treaty, is the
same now that it was: namely, not favorable to it, but
that it is better to ratify it in the manner the Senate
have advised (and with the reservation already mentioned),
than to suffer matters to remain as they are, unsettled."
- George Washington to Boston Citizens, July 28, 1795. Petitions objecting to Jay's treaty were sent to Washington
from a large number of towns, cities, and counties. Washington
responded to most of these protests with the same answer
that he sent to the Boston
- George Washington to Congress, March 1, 1796, Treaty with Great Britain.
Washington's papers to find additional documents related
to Jay's Treaty.
James Madison Papers, 1723 to 1859
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on this topic.
Printed Ephemera: Three Centuries of Broadsides and Other Printed Ephemera
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Thomas Jefferson Papers, 1606 to 1827
The complete Thomas Jefferson Papers from the Manuscript Division at the Library of Congress consists of approximately 27,000 documents.
- Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, September 6, 1795, "so
general a burst of dissatisfaction never before appeared
against any transaction. Those who understand the particular
articles of it, condemn these articles. Those who do not
understand them minutely, condemn it generally as wearing
a hostile face to France."
- Thomas Jefferson to Edward Rutledge, November 30, 1795, "in thinking the
treaty an execrable thing . . . I trust the popular branch
of our legislature will disapprove of it, and thus rid
us of this infamous act, which is really nothing more
than a treaty of alliance between England & the Anglomen
of this country against the legislature & people of
the United States."
- Thomas Jefferson to James Monroe, March 2, 1796,
"the most remarkable political occurrence with us
has been the treaty with England, of which no man in the
U S. has had the effrontery to affirm that it was not
a very bad one except A. H. [note: Alexander Hamilton]
under the signature of Camillus. It's most zealous defenders
only pretended that it was better than war, as if war
was not invited rather than avoided by unfounded demands.
I have never known the public pulse beat so full and in
such universal union on any subject since the declaration
of independence, the House of Representatives of the U.
S. has manifested its disapprobation of the treaty."
Jefferson's papers to locate additional documents
related to Jay's treaty.
& Uncle Sam: Four Centuries of British-American Relations
John Jay, one of the nation's founding fathers, was born
on December 12, 1745, to a prominent and wealthy family
in the Province of New York.
Jay Treaty, The Lehrman Institute
Jay Treaty, Mount Vernon Estate
The Jay Treaty, U.S. Capitol Vistor Center
Jay Treaty of 1794 and Associated Documents, Avalon
Project at Yale Law School
Jay's Treaty, 1794–95, Department of State
Papers of John Jay, Columbia University
Uproar Over Senate Approval of Jay Treaty, United States Senate
The American Remembrancer, or, An Impartial Collection of Essays, Resolves, Speeches, &c. Relative, or Having Affinity, to the Treaty with Great Britain. 3 vols. Philadelphia: Printed by Henry Tuckniss, for Mathew Carey, 1795-96. [Catalog
Record] [Volume 1] [Volume 2] [Volume 3]
Cobbett, William. A Little Plain English: Addressed to the People of the United States, on the Treaty Negociated with His Britannic Majesty, and on the Conduct of the President Relative Thereto, in Answer to the Letters of Franklin: With a Supplement Containing an Account of the Turbulent and Factious Proceedings of the Opposers of the Treaty. Philadelphia: Published by Thomas Bradford, printer, bookseller and stationer, 1795. [Catalog
Record] [Full Text]
Dallas, Alexander James. Features of Mr. Jay's Treaty: To Which is Annexed a View of the Commerce of the United States, as it Stands at Present, and as it is Fixed by Mr. Jay's Treaty. Philadelphia: Printed for Matthew Carey by Lang & Ustick, 1795. [Catalog
Record] [Full Text]
Livingston, Robert R. Examination of the Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation, Between the United States and Great Britain, in Several Numbers / by Cato. New York: Re-published from the Argus by Thomas Greenleaf, 1795. [Catalog
Record] [Full Text]
Bemis, Samuel F. Jay's Treaty: A Study
in Commerce and Diplomacy. 2nd ed. New Haven: Yale
University Press, 1962. [Catalog
Combs, Jerald A. The Jay Treaty: Political
Battleground of the Founding Fathers. Berkeley: University
of California Press, 1970. [Catalog
Elkins, Stanley, and Eric McKitrick. The
Age of Federalism. New York: Oxford University Press,
Ritcheson, Charles R. Aftermath of
Revolution: British Policy toward the United States, 1783-1795.
Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press, 1969. [Catalog
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