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To Thomas Jefferson from James Monroe, 1 June 1798

From James Monroe

June 1. 1798. Richmond.

Dear Sir

I have yours of 21. ulto. and very sincerely thank you for the interest you take in what concerns my welfare, of which indeed I have heretofore had so many proofs as long since to have ceased to make acknowledgments. The cause of irritation to wh. you allude is indeed a serious one, considering the station from whence it emanated: considering the person, only an object of contempt. I had seen the paper only the day before I got yr. letter, having lately arrived here. For the present however I cannot enter on the subject, or the other to wh. I refer. I will do it by the post wh. departs the day after to morrow. I beg of you to deliver the enclosed to Mr. Dawson & believe me yr. very affectionate

friend & servant

Jas. Monroe

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 5 June 1798 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure not found, but see below.

Cause of irritation: Adams’s 14 May reply to the address from Lancaster, Pennsylvania (see TJ to Monroe, 21 May 1798). The other subject was the prospect of Monroe entering Congress.

Monroe sent John Dawson vouchers and other records to settle his accounts from his service as minister to France (see Monroe to [Dawson], 1 June 1798, printed in Monroe, Writings description begins Stanislas Murray Hamilton, ed., The Writings of James Monroe, New York, 1898–1903, 7 vols. description ends , 3:123–5, where TJ is mistakenly identified as the recipient [see note to TJ to Monroe, 27 Dec. 1797], and Dawson to Monroe, 29 July 1798; both letters are in DLC: Monroe Papers).

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