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Minutes of the Continental Congress [Extracts]
United States. Continental Congress
May 07, 1784 - December 21, 1784
Volume 17, Page 598


By the United States in Congress Assembled,
May 7th, 1784.

Congress proceeded to the election of a Secretary for foreign affairs, and being this day informed by a Letter of the 9th of March last from Doctor Franklin that Mr. Jay proposed to embark for America in the month of April, and this information corresponding with the intelligence communicated to Congress by Mr. Jay himself in his Letters of last year, Mr. Jay was put in nomination, and the ballots being taken, Mr. Jay was elected Secretary to foreign affairs, having been previously nominated by Mr. Gerry.

CHARLES THOMSON, Sec'y.

I do further certify that the said John Jay, Esquire, having on the 21st day of December, 1784, taken the Oath of fidelity and Oath of Office before the Honorable Isaac Smith, one of the Justices of the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey, a Certificate of the same is lodged in the Office of the Secretary of the United States in Congress Assembled.

CHARLES THOMSON, Sec'y.