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To James Madison from James Monroe, 9 March 1822

From James Monroe

Washington March 9. 1822

Dear Sir

I have had the pleasure to recieve your letter1 with one from Mr Lee, and regret that you should say one word, as to the necessity you are under to send it, or such papers on to me. I need not assure you that I am always happy to hear from you, and am glad of any occurrence which draws from you a letter. My situation, as you well know, renders it impossible for me to write you often or regularly. At this time, it was my intention, to have written you, fully, on the subject of a message sent in yesterday which you will see in the Intelligencer,2 but I have been so much interrupted all the morning that I have but one moment, to refer you to it, and assure of the sincere regard with which I am yr. friend

James Monroe

Mrs Monroe has been dangerously ill, but is now free from fever. We hope that you & Mrs Madison are in good health.

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.

1Monroe may be referring here to JM’s letter to him of 16 Feb. 1822. The letter from “Mr Lee” has not been found.

2Monroe’s message of 8 Mar. 1822 recommended to Congress that the South American “Provinces which have declared their Independence, and are in the enjoyment of it, ought to be recognized.” The provinces named were Buenos Aires, Colombia, Chile, Peru, and Mexico (Daily National Intelligencer, 9 Mar. 1822).

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