To James Monroe
Washington July 21. 1801.
In answer to your letter on the paiment of the guards at New-London, I beg leave to mention that it was not till about a fortnight ago that measures could be taken for their relief. a party from some recruits at Winchester was about that time ordered to proceed to New London. so soon as they arrive, the guards you ordered can be dispensed with, and if you will then have the accounts of expences made up, and forwarded to the Secretary at war, they will be discharged.
On the subject of your letter of June 15. which is difficult, as I hope soon to meet you in Albemarle, we will confer together there; explanations of your object & our means may give a better direction to our endeavors, than if undertaken with less distinct views.
Mr. Madison leaves this place for Orange about the 26th. I shall set out for Monticello a week later. we rendezvous here again the last day of September. I hope that the same attention to health on your part not to pass the two sickly months on tide-waters, will fix you in Albemarle during the same period. present me respectfully to mrs Monroe and accept yourself assurances of unalterable & affectionate esteem & respect.
RC (DLC: Monroe Papers); addressed: “James Monroe Governor of Virginia Richmond”; franked and postmarked; endorsed by Monroe. PrC (DLC).
On 12 July Monroe wrote TJ to recommend merchant Francis L. Taney of Maryland for federal employment. Monroe had known Taney in France and praised him as “an amiable man” held in high regard by those who knew him. In 1790, Uriah Forrest had recommended Taney, who was then a recent arrival at Havre, as a prospective vice consul for that port. On 20 July 1801, the same day that he received Monroe’s letter, TJ named Taney the U.S. commercial agent for the port of Ostend (RC in DLC, endorsed by TJ as received 20 July and so recorded in SJL; commission, Lb in DNA: RG 59, PTCC; Madison, Papers, Sec. of State Ser. description begins J. C. A. Stagg, ed., The Papers of James Madison, Secretary of State Series, Charlottesville, 1986–, 8 vols. description ends , 1:363; 2:278n, 295, 318; Vol. 16:429n).