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To Thomas Jefferson from James Monroe, [November 1797]

From James Monroe

[Nov. 1797]

Dear Sir

I have a letter from Mr. Bache with the printed documents complete all but a page or two, and 12. pages of “the view &c.” I enclose a note to correct by way of erratum an important omission of almost a line in the latter. He tells me the late explosion at Paris has produced a wonderful effect on our rascals at home, who he thinks were in harmony with those there. I have no doubt that the stronger the attack upon them is, hinting a belief of bribery (I mean by the members in debate) the better: for yet the republican cause has never had a chance. Be assured the people are ready to back those who go most forward. I repeat my best wishes for your happiness. Remember me to Mr. M. and Lady. Mr. Barnes has paid the money. If I can place funds I shall begin soon to trouble you about windows [&ca] as my cabbin castle goes on.

RC (DLC); undated and unsigned; damaged; addressed: “Mr. Jefferson”; endorsement by TJ, obscured by tape: “Nov. [qu].”

The printed documents complete: see Monroe to TJ, [22] Oct. 1797. the late explosion at Paris: the events of 18 Fructidor. Monroe’s cabbin castle was the house he built on his plantation, later known as the Highlands, adjacent to Monticello. Until the relatively modest dwelling, which was meant to be a precursor to a larger house, was ready for occupancy in December 1799, Monroe and his family lived in Charlottesville (Ammon, Monroe, description begins Harry Ammon, James Monroe: The Quest for National Identity, New York, 1971 description ends 163–4).

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