From James Monroe1
Phila. July 18. 1797.
I can only observe that in entering the note which bears my single signature2 I did not convey or mean to convey any opinion of my own, as to the faith which was due to it, but left it to stand on its own merits reserving to myself the right to judge of it, as upon any fact afterwards communicated according to its import & authenticity.
with due respect I am Sir yr. very humble servt
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. This letter is document No. XXXVIII 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. See also Monroe to H, July 10, 16, 17, 1797; H to Monroe, July 5, 8, 10, 17, 18, 1797; Abraham B. Venable to H, July 9, 10, 1797; H to Monroe and Frederick A. C. Muhlenberg, July 17, 1797; Monroe and Muhlenberg to H, July 17, 1797.
2. Monroe’s note of January 2, 1793, is printed in the introductory note to Wolcott to H, July 3, 1797.