Adams Papers

To John Adams from James Monroe, 15 February 1813

[February 15, 1813]

I have the pleasure to inclose to you a report of <a> the com: <of the.[. . .] 7th.> on <our> for: relations <with govts.> in which the communications <wh took place> between the Ex: of the US. & the Br. govt., are review’d, & <the> a project of an act of congress, relative to seamen submitted to <[. . .]>considerations—The object of the report seems to be <and> as it undoubtdly is, to place the controversy between the two nations on a just footing, to support the <steps taken by> measure of the Ex: by a corresponding <measure> act of the Congress, and by taking from G.B. <the support> all motive for the war, <& from the opponents to the govt the ground of opposition,> either <procur peace &> terminate it<the war> by an honourable peace, or unite the country in a vigorous prosecution of the war. The <[. . .]> the bill with certain amendments has passed the H. of R.—but has not yet been taken up in the Senate.

I had the pleasure to receive from you sometime since a letter which excited much my feelings. The proof which it afforded <me> of your confidence & esteem was <highly> very gratifying to me. Having highly respected in my life, the great abilities & the virtuous firmness which you displayed in our revolutionary struggle; having always entertaind <the highest> the utmost <ardor for> confidence in your <perfect> independance of foreign influence, in your integrity, patriotism, and attachment to our happy union, I could never be indifferent either to what concern’d your welfare, <the> or to your sentiments & disposition toward me. In acknowledging that communication permit me to assure you that your opinion<s> on the subject to which it related had much weight with me. My sincere wish is that, no innocent person shod. <at one point confidence and to suffer> fail to obtain redress, and I am persuaded whatever may have <weaken the union, merits attention, and so far as> been the character of the original transaction, that <pray be the possible prevention> many innocent persons have sufferd. I am aware that this calamity affecting one portion of the union only produces an injurious effect & think that consideration in itself ought to <be> have much weight. <I hope you> My hope is that this cause of inquietude & complaint may be <ad> settled on just principles, & to the satisfaction of all parties. Your favorable opinion of their claim lends much to promote that result.

From your son we have recd. no letters of a late date. The Baltic being frozen up, & the comn. by land cut off, by the war between France & Russia, have prevented it. His view of the present state of affrs. between those powers, & in the north generally, will be very interesting & is looked for with anxiety by the President. <At a time however so critical in theUStates, his absence has been regretted.> o.

with great respect & esteem

DLC: Papers of James Monroe.

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