From James Monroe1
Phila. July 17. 1797.
It is impossible for me to trace back at this moment, occupied as I am with other concerns, all the impressions of my mind at the different periods at which the memoranda2 were made in the publication to which you refer in your favor of today, but I well remember that in entering the one which bears my single signature, altho’ I was surprised at the communication given, yet I neither meant to give or imply any opinion of my own as to its contents. I simply entered the communication as I recd it, reserving to myself the liberty to form an opinion upon it at such future time as I found convenient, paying due regard to all the circumstances connected with it. I am Sir with consideratn. yr. very humble servant
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. This letter is document No. XXXVI in the appendix to the printed version of the “Reynolds Pamphlet,” August 25, 1797. For background to this letter, see the introductory note to Oliver Wolcott, Jr., to H, July 3, 1797.
2. The “memoranda” were James Thomson Callender’s document No. V and Frederick A. C. Muhlenberg’s statement of December 13, 1792. Muhlenberg’s statement is printed as document No. 1 (a) in the appendix to the printed version of the “Reynolds Pamphlet,” August 25, 1797. For Callender’s document No. V, see Wolcott to H, July 3, 1797, notes 1, 50, and 51.