London Febry 28. 1806.
A bill wh. has been presented before the H. of reps. has produc’d much sensation here; I cannot say any thing positive as to the effect, as the principle of the bill seems to find no support in the country among the people. On the presumption that a particular measure alluded to in mine of the 2d. by Captn. Tompkins, had taken place, I was desirous that a certain other one should be taken illustrative of the motive in respect to me. But as it does not appear to have been taken I feel no personal motive for it; and as I do not see in the present state of things as hinted in my publick letters, that the publick interest will certainly be aided by it, I shall be glad that that measure (the last one) be not taken. I write you in great haste & can therefore only add that I am your friend & servant
P.S. The President’s message of the 17th. ulto. in connection with the first one places the the affr. on proper ground. They make a sufficient case with this govt. in the eyes of the world, and mingling at the present moment a spirit of conciliation towards those now in power; the ultimate result had I think better be left dependant on what is done here.
DLC: Papers of James Monroe.