Thomas Jefferson Papers

James Monroe to Thomas Jefferson, 17 February 1821

From James Monroe

washington Feby 17. 1821.

Dear Sir

I regret to have to inform you of the death of mr W. Burwell which took place on yesterday, after a long & distressing illness. All possible care was taken of him. He was a most virtuous man & estimable member of the H. of Reps.

The treaty with Spain has been ratified by her govt, unconditionally, & the grants annulled in the instrument of ratification. It is before the Senate, on the question, whether it shall be accepted, the time stipulated for the ratification, having expird. It is presumd that little if any opposition will be made to it.

There is also some hope that Missouri will be admitted into the Union, on a patriotic effort from the Senators & other members from Pennsyla. Hope is also entertaind that our commercial difference with France will be adjusted.

very respectfully & sincerely your friend

James Monroe

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 22 Feb. 1821 and so recorded in SJL. RC (MHi); address cover only; with PoC of TJ to Frederick W. Hatch, 12 May 1822, on verso; addressed: “Thomas Jefferson Monticello Virga”; franked; postmarked Washington, 17 Feb.

For the Florida land grants annulled under the Adams-Onís Treaty of 1819, see Monroe to TJ, 5 Oct. 1819, and note.

Index Entries

  • Adams-Onís Treaty (1819); ratification of search
  • Burwell, William Armistead; death of search
  • Burwell, William Armistead; in U.S. House of Representatives search
  • East Florida; Spanish cession of proposed search
  • France; and U.S. search
  • House of Representatives, U.S.; mentioned search
  • Missouri question; congressional consideration of search
  • Monroe, James; and Missouri question search
  • Monroe, James; letters from search
  • Monroe, James; on W. A. Burwell search
  • Monroe, James; presidency of search
  • Pennsylvania; and Missouri question search
  • Senate, U.S.; treaty powers of search
  • Spain; and Adams-Onís Treaty (1819) search
  • United States; and France search
  • United States; and Spain search