Montpr. July 9th. 1831
Your favor of the 4th. communicating the death of Mr. Monroe, was duly recd. I had been prepared for the event, by information of its certain approach. The time of it was so far happy as it added another to the coincidences before so remarkable & so memorable. You have justly ranked him with the heroes & patriots who have deserved best of their Country: No one knew him better than I did, or had a Sincerer affection for him: or condoles more deeply with those to whom he was most dear. With the thanks which I owe you, be pleased to accept Sir the tender of my esteem and my cordial salutations
Draft (DLC); typescript of RC (The Marshall B. Coyne Collection, Washington, D. C., c/o Ralph Geoffrey Newman, Inc., 175 Delaware Place, Chicago, Ill. 60611).