James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Monroe, 16 April 1814

From James Monroe

Dept. of State. April 16. 1814.

The Secretary of State to whom was referred the Resolution of the House of Representatives of the 13th. Instant, requesting information touching our relations with France,1 has the honor to submit to the President an extract of the Letter from the Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States at Paris, which contains the latest, and the only material, information received by this Department on that subject.2 All which is respectfully submitted.

Jas Monroe

RC and enclosure (DNA: RG 233, President’s Messages, 13A-E1); letterbook copy (DNA: RG 59, DL). RC in Edward Coles’s hand, signed by Monroe. JM forwarded the report to the House of Representatives on 16 Apr. 1814 (DNA: RG 233, President’s Messages, 13A-E1). For enclosure, see n. 2.

1The resolution requested that JM forward to the House of Representatives “any information in his possession touching our relations with France” which was “not improper to disclose” and had not been previously submitted to the House. It was introduced by William Gaston of North Carolina, who stated that he wished to have the information in light of a pending bill “to open our ports to the cruisers of France,” and of the recent “astonishing changes” in European military and political affairs (Annals of Congress, description begins Debates and Proceedings in the Congress of the United States … (42 vols.; Washington, 1834–56). description ends 13th Cong., 2d sess., 2014, 2016–17).

2In the enclosed extract of his 16 Jan. 1814 letter to Monroe (4 pp.; printed in ASP, Foreign Relations, description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States … (38 vols.; Washington, 1832–61). description ends 3:692–93), William Harris Crawford wrote that his negotiations had progressed but that their conclusion would be delayed by the absence from Paris of Napoleon and the French foreign minister.

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