James Madison Papers

To James Madison from James Monroe, 17 October 1815

Loudoun Octr 17. 1815

Dear Sir

I have this moment recd. a letter from Mr Hay, & several others from other persons, chiefly on private concerns, from Mr Graham, by the messenger of the dep’t. I found on my arrival, Mrs Hay much indisposed of a sore throat & fever, of which she was beginning to recover, & from which she has since so far recover’d, as to authorize a hope of our being able to set out for Washington the day after to morrow, if the weather will permit. We shall make a journey of two days, to avoid fatigue.

Our affairs with Great Britain, France & Spain, will require attention, as well by what we knew of them, before I left Washington, as by the intimation of the contents of late dispatches, given me by Mr Graham. I am inclined to think however that all, (or essentially so) has been done, that it was proper to do; and that we have only to remain spectators, of the great movment in Europe & of the conduct of the parties towards us, at least for the present. I have directed copies to be made out of all my letters to Mr Adams, to be put together, and of those to Onis, of that to Cevallos, & to Mr Morris, that you may have a correct view, of the subject in minute detail, & that the same may be communicated to the heads of departments, when together. Whatever may be the prospect of the moment, however flattering to the pride & ambition of the allied powers, I should not be surprised, if the attitude of those less friendly to us, should become daily less imposing, than it now is, or has been. With affectionate respect

Jas Monroe

DLC: Papers of James Madison, Rives Collection.

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