Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Monroe to Thomas Jefferson, 17 September 1818

From James Monroe

Sepr 17. 1818.

J. M’s best respects to mr Jefferson. He has the pleasure to send, for his perusal, a late letter from mr Rush, which it may be gratifying to mr Jefferson to see. J. M. will retake it, the next time he calls at Monticello. He hopes that mr Jeffersons health continues to improve.

RC (MHi); dateline at foot of text; endorsed by TJ as received 17 Sept. 1818 from Highland and so recorded in SJL.

The enclosed letter was probably Richard rush to Monroe, London, 13 Aug. 1818, indicating that he and Albert Gallatin will soon begin negotiations with the British government; commenting that the Russian minister plenipotentiary to the United States, Pierre de Polética, plans to delay his departure for Washington until the conclusion of an upcoming conference at Aachen; reporting on Polética’s remarks regarding his diplomatic career, American relations with Spain, and his request that Rush forward him British newspapers in the legation packets sent to Washington; remarking that “You will perceive how much animadversion the affair of Pensacola, has drawn out from the journalists of this country. They are for the great allies watching and keeping us in order. Should it ever be a question whether one or more of them might be suffered to break down our independence, or even annihilate us as a people, we may easily guess if there would be any interference for our protection”; describing the hostility toward the United States of José Miguel de Carvajal-Vargas, 2d Duke of San Carlos, the Spanish ambassador in London; and concluding that in Great Britain the execution of Alexander Arbuthnot and Robert Ambrister continues to generate a popular outcry, but that, in light of the atrocities committed by the British, “Their affected indignation at the fate of these two Indian spies is at once artful and ludicrous” (RC in PHi: Simon Gratz Collection, at head of text: “Private,” endorsed by Monroe and docketed in an unidentified hand: “1818 Spanish Affairs Seminole war”; Dupl in DLC: Monroe Papers, at head of text: “Private—Duplicate,” endorsed by Monroe; FC in Lb in NjP: Rush Family Papers).

Index Entries

  • Ambrister, Robert search
  • Arbuthnot, Alexander search
  • Carvajal-Vargas, José Miguel de, 2d Duke of San Carlos; Spanish ambassador to London search
  • Gallatin, Albert; as minister plenipotentiary to France search
  • Great Britain; and U.S. search
  • Indians, American; Seminole search
  • Jackson, Andrew; Pensacola seized by search
  • Monroe, James; forwards correspondence to TJ search
  • Monroe, James; letters from search
  • Pensacola, W. Fla.; seized by A. Jackson search
  • Polética, Pierre de; as Russian minister plenipotentiary to U.S. search
  • Rush, Richard; as minister plenipotentiary to Great Britain search
  • Russia; and U.S. search
  • Seminole Indians search
  • Spain; and U.S. search
  • United States; and Spain search