Jacob Adams to James Monroe
New York January 9h. 1814
I have your favor of the 5h. and shall pay due attention to the same.1 In two days from this shall be ready to proceed to sea, I am still of opinion, the ship will not get away before this day week. Should you wish to send any Dispatches or messengers by setting out Imedy. they will be in time, should it be your wish, I can proceed with my ship to Gottenburg (while my return passengers are collecting) and deliver any Dispatches or messenger you may send. In haste with Esteem I Remain your Obd H Set
PS. I shall get no letter from Colo Barcley neither have I yet applyd for one.
RC (DNA: RG 59, ML). Docketed by Monroe, with his note: “For the Presidt / Captn Adams cartel Fair American.”
1. In answer to Adams’s 1 Jan. 1814 letter to him, Monroe wrote on 5 Jan. that he had instructed the collectors of customs at New York and Perth Amboy in regard to loading the cartel Fair American, and that Adams should contact Reuben G. Beasley, the U.S. agent in London, immediately upon his arrival in England. The Fair American was to carry dispatches for U.S. peace commissioners John Quincy Adams and James A. Bayard, as well as a copy, under cover to Beasley, of Monroe’s 5 Jan. 1814 letter to Lord Castlereagh accepting the British government’s offer of direct peace negotiations (Preston, Catalogue of the Correspondence and Papers of James Monroe, description begins Daniel Preston, A Comprehensive Catalogue of the Correspondence and Papers of James Monroe (2 vols.; Westport, Conn., 2001). description ends 1:375–76; Donnan, Papers of James A. Bayard, description begins Elizabeth Donnan, ed., Papers of James A. Bayard, 1796–1815, vol. 2 of Annual Report of the American Historical Association for the Year 1913 (Washington, 1915). description ends 251–52).