Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 75,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Higginson, Stephen (1743-1828) to Mr. LeRoy and Mr. Bayard

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02450.08 Author/Creator: Higginson, Stephen (1743-1828) Place Written: Boston, Massachusetts Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 3 July 1794 Pagination: 1 p. : address : docket ; 24.3 x 19.4 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses a shipping business venture. Comments on French naval activities in the West Indies, including their recapturing of Guadeloupe from the British. Mentions a possible response from Sir John Jervis. Speculates that the French might not only recover the islands taken by Jervis but capture him as well. Expects a positive outcome from John Jay's upcoming negotiations in London, part of which were aimed at obtaining indemnities for shippers, securing the right to trade in the British West Indies, and ensuring peace. That meeting produced Jay's Treaty.

People: Higginson, Stephen, 1743-1828
St. Vincent, John Jervis, Viscount, 1735-1823

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: CommerceMerchants and TradeFranceNavyCaribbeanMilitary HistoryGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyPrisonerPrisoner of WarGovernment and CivicsDiplomacyTreatyJay's Treaty

Sub Era: The Early Republic

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources