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The Jay Treaty

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President George Washington's nomination of John Jay as Envoy Extraordinary to his Britannic Majesty, April 16, 1794

The U.S. Constitution empowers the Senate to give “Advice and Consent” to presidential appointments of ambassadors and other public officials. In 1794 the Senate approved President George Washington’s nomination of Chief Justice John Jay to negotiate a new treaty with Britain. Jay, who favored a strong federal government, had helped negotiate the 1783 Treaty of Paris.

Records of the U.S. Senate, National Archives and Records Administration