James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Monroe, 16 September 1822

From James Monroe

Washington Sepr 16. 1822

Dear Sir

I send you here with the 10th vol: of the journals of our revolutionary Congress,1 the one which you intimated, was deficient in your collection. I have a complete set, with several other odd vols., form’d out of my own collection, & that of our old estimable friend Judge Jones, so that if you should want any other, it is probable, I might supply you.

I send you also a detailed copy of the proceedings of the Senate, on the renomination of Cols: Towson & Gadsden,2 and on the nomination of other officers, which involvd a principle connected with theirs. I shall be glad to receive any views which you may take of the subject, & which I need not mention shall be confidential.

We have nothing new from Europe, to vary the state of things, presented by the gazettes, except that the disorderly proceedings at Madrid, have been exaggerated, to the disadvantage of the Cortes. Every thing, however, imputed, to the misconduct, of the King, is confirmd, by Mr Forsyth.

Mrs. Monroe’s health continues to be very delicate—that of the rest of my family is good. They all desire their respectful regards to you & Mrs Madison. Your friend & servant

James Monroe

I send you also a copy of a letter from Mr Taylor from Mexico,3 which gives distressing accounts of proceedings in that quarter. Return it to me, it being the only copy I have.

RC (DLC: Rives Collection, Madison Papers).

1Journal of the United States in Congress Assembled: Containing the Proceedings from the First Monday in November, 1784 (Philadelphia, 1785; Evans 19316). This was volume ten of the thirteen volumes of the Journals of Congress (1774–88).

2See Monroe to JM, 25 Aug. 1822, and n. 1.

3The enclosure was William Taylor to John Quincy Adams, 4 Aug. 1822, describing the coronation of Iturbide, the poverty and misery of the people, and warning of the country’s descent into civil war (DNA: RG 59, CD, Veracruz, vol. 1).

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