A lost John Jay manuscript has been uncovered. The Founding Father (pictured, via) collaborated Alexander Hamilton and James Madison to write a series of essays that has come to be known as The Federalist Papers.
The three collaborators worked on this project to advocate for the ratification of the United States Constitution. They wrote a total of 85 articles; Jay wrote 5, Madison wrote 29, and Hamilton wrote the remaining 51.
Here’s more from The New York Times: “Now, the long-missing manuscript for Federalist No. 2 has been located at the Brooklyn Historical Society, in time to be included in Volume 4 of the Selected Papers of John Jay, whose publication was celebrated last month at an event at Columbia University…The manuscript for Jay’s Federalist No. 2, which argued for the importance of a strong union in protecting against the ‘dangers of foreign force and influence,’ seems to have entered the Brooklyn Historical Society’s collection at some point after 1864, when John Jay II, Jay’s grandson, put it on display at the New York Metropolitan Fair, an event that raised money for hospitals treating wounded Union Army soldiers.”