From James Monroe
washington novr 23. 1813
The enclosed was written before my late visit to Albemarle, and detaind in consequence of it, to be deliverd in person, but afterwards forgotten and left here. I need not add my sincere desire that you will have the goodness to decide the question to which it relates.
we have nothing from abroad, immediately, concerning our own affairs; and no new light as to the result, of the great battles, near dresden. nor do we yet know whether our troops are to take their quarters in montreal, forcing the enemy into Quebec, or to retire within our former limits. the former is still more than probable.
RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 13 Dec. 1813 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Monroe to TJ, 3 Nov. 1813.
Although Napoleon soundly defeated an Allied army commanded by Prince Karl Philipp Schwarzenberg at dresden on 26–27 Aug. 1813, he was beaten at the subsequent Battle of the Nations, also known as the Battle of Leipzig, 16–19 Oct. 1813 (Chandler, Campaigns of Napoleon description begins David G. Chandler, The Campaigns of Napoleon, 1966 description ends , 906–36).
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