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To James Madison from James Monroe, 20 October 1824

From James Monroe

Washington October 20th 1824

Dear Sir

Mrs Douglas,1 with two of her daughters, having intimated their intention to visit Virginia, & to take Richmond, & some of the upper counties, including orange in their route, I have taken the liberty to give them this introduction to yours & Mrs Madisons acquaintance. They are of New York, & well respected there, & my nephew Lt Monroe2 having married one of her daughters, excite a strong motive with me, that they should be known to & kindly recd. by our friends. With great respect & sincere regard dear Sir yours

James Monroe

RC (ViU: Cabell Gwathmey Collection, Special Collections).

1Margaret Corne Douglas (d. 1829), the widow of New York merchant George Douglas, was probably traveling with her daughters, Harriet and Margaret (State of New York. In Chancery, First Circuit. Henry D. Cruger, Complainant. v. George Douglas, William Douglas, and Harriet D. Cruger, Defendants … [New York, 1844], 443, 444).

2James Monroe (1799–1870), son of the president’s brother, Joseph Jones Monroe, entered the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1813, was commissioned a lieutenant in 1815, breveted captain in 1828, and resigned his commission in 1832. He served as a representative from New York in the U.S. House of Representatives, 1839–41. Monroe married Elizabeth Mary Douglas in 1822 (Heitman, Historical Register description begins Francis B. Heitman, Historical Register and Dictionary of the United States Army, from Its Organization, September 29, 1789, to March 2, 1903 (2 vols.; 1903; reprint, Baltimore, 1994). description ends , 1:719; Ammon, James Monroe description begins Harry Ammon, James Monroe: The Quest for National Identity (New York, 1971). description ends , 405; Rhode-Island American, and General Advertiser, 16 Apr. 1822).

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