Sarah Jay to John Jay (1745–1929), p. 4
Women were constitutionally prohibited from voting and holding office in New York. Nonetheless, many were still interested in politics and involved in the ratification process. Sarah Jay (1756-1802), the daughter of New Jersey governor William Livingston, regularly advised her husband John Jay on political matters. In this letter, Sarah Jay advised her sickly husband "not [to] have a greater share of business imposed upon you than your just proportion," because his "Colleagues are Men of Abilities." She hoped that the New Hampshire and later the Virginia ratifications would stimulate New York's Convention to ratify.