From James Monroe
Paris July 3. 1795.
Having written you very fully three days since I have nothing to add at present to the details then given except that in an unexpected rencounter the other day the French have lost 3. ships and by the shameful misconduct of the officers commanding them or some of them. They have in consequence dismissed the Comy. of Marine which I think converts the loss of the ships into a signal victory, in such regard do I estimate his merits.
By Mr. De Rieux I learn that poor Gilmer declines and that Bell has been sick, that Mrs. Marks is dead—that Miss Gilmer is about to be married—that Wardlow and Robt. Jouett are. This short note from Goochland which opens the interior of a place extremely dear to me contains every thing that I have heard from that quarter since my arrival here. Be so kind as forward the enclosed to him and assure my neighbours I have not forgotten them, altho’ they may have forgotten me. Is there any thing here you wish me to procure for you. I beg you to give me a note of it if there is. Our best respects to Mr. and Mrs. R. and both yours and his families. Very sincerely I am Yr. affectionate friend & servt
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 15 Oct. 1795 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found.
The letter written three days since was actually Monroe’s 30 June 1795 letter to James Madison (Madison, Papers, description begins William T. Hutchinson, Robert A. Rutland, J. C. A. Stagg, and others, eds., The Papers of James Madison, Chicago and Charlottesville, 1962–, 24 vols. description ends xvi, 32–4). His previous letter to TJ was dated 27 June 1795.