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To James Madison from James Monroe, [11 March] 1812

From James Monroe

[11 March 1812]

I recd. the enclosed on my return home.1 Be so good as read it, & return it by the bearer.

I am convinc’d that it would be impolitick to raise difficulties at this time.

I expect to see Ct. Crillon in a few minutes, having written to him to call.

RC and enclosure (DLC: John Henry Papers). Undated; date assigned here on the basis of the enclosure (see n. 1).

1Monroe’s enclosure was very likely a note he had received from Count Crillon (ibid.; 1 p.; in French; docketed by Monroe with the date “11. March 1812”). Crillon’s note was written at 3:30 P.M. and bore an exhortation to Monroe to reflect well on its contents. The count had just learned of a development which he apparently attributed to British minister Augustus Foster: John Randolph of the House foreign relations committee had proposed that Crillon appear before the committee and that if he refused, the committee should seize his papers. Crillon further stated that he had received this warning from another member of the committee, Ebenezer Seaver of Massachusetts. Another source suggested that the only way for Crillon to protect his property was to cooperate with Mr. [Peter B.] Porter. Uncertain what to do, Crillon hinted that perhaps he ought to go to Philadelphia; he awaited Monroe’s response.

Two days later, on 13 Mar. 1812, Crillon appeared before the House foreign relations committee and made a sworn statement about his dealings with John Henry (see Annals of Congress description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, 1834–56). description ends , 12th Cong., 1st sess., 1220–24).

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