James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Monroe, 18 December 1794

From James Monroe

Paris Decr. 18. 1794.

Dear Sir.

I have addressed to your care a letter for Mr. R. & two others, to be addressed by you according to circumstances either to Langdon, Burr, Butler, Ross or any other person in case you shod. deem it proper to be presented at all & sent them in a packet by Havre. This which covers one for Mr. R. is to go by Bordeaux. I submit it entirely to you either to present or suppress it as the state of things in relation to the object may advise. In case it is presented you will excuse its being address’d to you, on acct. of its being a private letter & the necessity of preventing in case he shod. be absent its getting into the hands of another. Believe me sincerely yr. friend & servant

Jas. Monroe

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM, with the notation: “viâ Bourdeaux / accompanying letter of —— to Mr. R.” Receipt acknowledged in JM to Monroe, 26 Mar. 1795. Monroe enclosed a copy (not found) of his 18 Dec. 1794 private letter to Edmund Randolph, which JM forwarded to Randolph (JM to Monroe, 27 Mar. 1795; acknowledged in Randolph to Monroe, 7 Apr. 1795, ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends , Foreign Relations, 1:701; see also Monroe’s first letter to JM, 18 Dec. 1794, n. and n. 1).

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