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James Monroe to Thomas Jefferson, 28 April 1816

From James Monroe

washington april 28. 1816

Dear Sir

The enclosed may gave you some amusment. I have read neither, and cannot therefore speak of their merits. one is attributed to armstrong & the other to winder.

The book which you were so kind as to send me respecting Louisiana will be taken advantage of, in the contemplated discussion with the Spanish govt. It shall be restord afterwards.

your letter to Miss Bruff was sent to her as soon as receiv’d.

Congress will adjourn on tuesday, after which I shall be at liberty, and intend visiting albemarle, when I shall have the pleasure of seeing1 you, I hope in good health.

very respectfully and affecty. your friend

Jas Monroe

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 3 May 1816 and so recorded in SJL. RC (DLC); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to George Watterston, 20 June 1816, on verso; addressed (trimmed): “Thomas [. . .]”; postmarked Washington City, 28 Apr.

The enclosed pamphlets vindicated the conduct of Secretary of War John Armstrong and General William H. Winder, respectively, during the War of 1812. The work by “Spectator,” which was attributed to armstrong, was An Enquiry respecting the Capture of Washington by the British, on the 24th August, 1814; with an Examination of the Report of the Committee of Investigation Appointed by Congress (Washington, 1816; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 5 [no. 163]). The response on behalf of winder, thought to have been authored by Rider H. Winder, was Remarks on a Pamphlet, entitled “An Enquiry respecting the Capture of Washington by the British, on the 24th of August, 1814, with, &c. &c. by Spectator” (Baltimore, 1816; Poor, Jefferson’s Library description begins Nathaniel P. Poor, Catalogue. President Jefferson’s Library, 1829 description ends , 5 [no. 163]).

1Manuscript: “seing.”

Index Entries

  • An Enquiry respecting the Capture of Washington by the British, on the 24th August, 1814 (J. Armstrong) search
  • Armstrong, John; An Enquiry respecting the Capture of Washington by the British, on the 24th August, 1814 search
  • Armstrong, John; as secretary of war search
  • books; on War of1812 search
  • Bruff, Susan Maria; TJ’s letter to forwarded by J. Monroe search
  • Highland (J. Monroe’s Albemarle Co. estate); J. Monroe plans to visit search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; sends books search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Books & Library; works sent to search
  • Journal historique Concernant l’Etablissement des françois à la Louisianne (B. de La Harpe) search
  • La Harpe, Benard de; Journal historique Concernant l’Etablissement des françois à la Louisianne search
  • Louisiana (Spanish and French colony); Journal historique Concernant l’Etablissement des françois à la Louisianne (B. de la Harpe) search
  • Monroe, James; as secretary of state search
  • Monroe, James; letters from search
  • Monroe, James; sends pamphlets to TJ search
  • Monroe, James; TJ forwards letters through search
  • Monroe, James; visits Highland estate search
  • Remarks on a Pamphlet, entitled “An Enquiry respecting the Capture of Washington by the British, on the 24th of August, 1814, with, &c. &c. by Spectator” (R. H. Winder) search
  • War of1812; British destruction in Washington search
  • Washington, D.C.; British destruction in search
  • Winder, Rider Henry; Remarks on a Pamphlet, entitled “An Enquiry respecting the Capture of Washington by the British, on the 24th of August, 1814, with, &c. &c. by Spectator” search
  • Winder, William Henry; and defense of Washington, D.C. search
  • Winder, William Henry; brother’s pamphlet defending search