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While John Jay was Secretary for Foreign affairs, his wife Sarah was a renowned hostess. She kept this list of invitations as a means of tracking guests. The date on the far right of this page, October 22, 1787, shows Alexander Hamilton and James Madison among the Federalists dining at the Jay’s home just five days before the first federalist essays were published in the New York Packet. Learn more about John Jay’s relationship with Alexander Hamilton on our Thematic Tour throughout the month of October.