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.