From James Monroe
Richmond Jany 27. 1798.
I came here abt. 6. days past to use my endeavors to raise money to pay the expences upon importation of my furniture. I have drawn on Mr. Barnes for 250. dolrs. wh. I hope he will pay. I think the time is expired when you intimated the sum plac’d in his hands wod. become due. I hope to get thro this heavy business without any very serious loss. Our assembly adjourned two days since. Of a political nature, the resolutions on the amherst &ca, petition is the most important measure. These are sound & good. The next in pt. of importance is the passage of a law wh. subjects the Printer of the State to an annual election for his office. This will probably change the tone of that paper.
It is surprising that only one copy of my book has yet reached this place. It wod. have been well to have had the quota intended for this place during the session. I hope Mr. Bache will still send them on, as there still remains sufficient curiosity to enduce people to read them. I hear there is an attack made on it under the signature of Scipio supposed to be Chs. Lee. I hope some one will refute him in the gazette, as it may otherwise produce an ill effect. Is he supposed to be the author with you
The publick in this quarter are very anxious to hear the result of our mission to France. Shortly it must be known, unless purposely kept back by the admn.—
I have thoughts of coming to this place to resume the practice of the law. what think you of it? sincerely I am yr. friend & servant
I observe Mr. Scipio takes the ground of attack on me by way of rescuing the admn. from that of defence. I commit this to Mr. Giles who will supply my omissions.
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 7 Feb. 1798 and so recorded in SJL.
The law concerning the public printer of the state, “An Act directing the Mode of appointing the Public Printer, prescribing his Duties, and for other Purposes therein mentioned,” passed on 22 Jan. It provided for the selection of a printer annually by a vote of both houses of the General Assembly and allowed the current printer, Augustine Davis, to continue in the position until the first election of a printer could be held at the next session of the legislature (Acts Passed at a General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia: Begun and Held at the Capitol, in the City of Richmond, on Monday, the Fourth Day of December, One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety-Seven [Richmond, 1798], 32).