From James Monroe
Phila.1 Sepr. 25. 1786.
I arriv’d here the evening of the day I left you & found Mrs. Monroe & the family well. They desire to be remember’d to you. I think you mention’d you had not recd. the letter I had address’d you in answer to yours before you left Phila., the last from that place.2 You express’d an uneasiness at failing to command such a sum, as might enable you to furnish me with the sum I advanc’d for you in the affr. of Taylor. I then desir’d & again repeat it, that you give yourself no anxiety upon this subject. Had it been convenient, & perfectly so, to remit it any time before I left this place it wod. been well. But I shod. have been unwilling & beg of you to act accordingly, to receive it, if it shod. expose you to the smallest inconvenience. I shall be able so to arrange my affrs. here as to accomodate your payment to me in Virga. & sometime hence to suit me. I have just taken my seat in Congress & know little of their proceedings. I shall write you again & constantly whilst you remn. in Phila. Make my best respects to Mrs. Trist & the family & be assur’d of the sincerity with which I am yr. friend & servant
RC (Litchfield [Conn.] Historical Society).
1. Monroe erred in his dateline, which should read New York. He had just returned there from Philadelphia.
2. Monroe’s letter of 12 Sept. 1786 in answer to JM’s of ca. 31 Aug.