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From James Madison to James Monroe, 2 April 1811

To James Monroe

Washington April 2, 1811

Dear Sir

Altho’ I have expressed a hope that you would leave Richmond before a Commission of Secretary of State, could reach it, yet as it may have happened otherwise, & as it may be agreeable to you to have it previously in your hands, I now inclose the document as just compleated.1 There is the less objection to this step, as in case it should pass you on the road, another can readily be made out on your arrival here, preparatory to your taking the oath and commencing the functions of Office. Accept my affece. respects

James Madison

RC (MHi).

1Monroe’s commission for the office of secretary of state is signed by JM and dated 2 Apr. 1811 (NN: Monroe Papers). On the verso is a note by Buckner Thruston certifying that Monroe appeared before him in Washington to take the oath of office on 6 Apr. 1811.

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