Adams Papers

From James Monroe to Pa., Citizens of Lancaster County, 8 May 1798

[post 8 May 1798]

I have seen in a gazette <from> of Richnd. as published from one of Philadelphia, in a reply from Mr. Adams P. of the US. the following passage—

I have seen an address from the people of Lancaster to Mr. Adams P. of the US. & his reply <to it,> [. . .] both which papers were published in the gazettes of Phila., & afterwards in <most of it of those States> throughout the union. In <Mr. Adams’s> <the> Mr. As reply <to that address> is the following passage.

Every <person> one who reads <Mr Adams’s> this reply <to the abovementioned address> to the [. . .] will <immediately> perceive that I am the person to whom Mr. A: designates by the terms “disgrac’d minister, dismissed in displeasure for misconduct.” since I was the minister who was dismissed by our admn., & <to whom the President of> who took leave of the directory of France <addressed himself in terms> upon the occasion to wh. he refers. I therefore am the person whom he <thus [. . .]> denounces <to a [. . .]> to his country in terms thus <indecent> harsh & opprobrious, since every one knows that I was the minister who &ca.

<In favor of> agnst the first measure <it is to be recall—observed that> [the popy.] of Mr. W. is an object wh. always occurs. In favor of it, it is to be observed that as he wrote me a letter after my recall in terms of amity, & <likewise of> spoke of me in like terms to Dr Ed: <It> The discussion with him improper <conducted with him> managed with advantage, as he wd. not otherwise than put himself [trammed] by those [comissions]. This it is [true might be used] in a discussion with any one.

on appeal—whatever J. M. does a controversy in France a movmt.—. Here opinion—govt. has taken its position—[Propocters.] not organised—

DLC: Papers of James Monroe.

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