Series III: Governing New York, 1796-1798, inclusive
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The materials within this series are from Jay's years as governor of New York. Topics include a yellow fever outbreak, state debt, and protection of New York City. Also included in this series are materials from a 1797 incident with a British war ship, the Hunter, which shows the American reaction to the British naval practice of impressment, or the forcible enlistment of men to a ship's crew. A crew member claimed to be American and brought a false imprisonment suit against the ship's captain while the ship was docked in New York Harbor for repairs.