Washington Jany. 26. 1824
I have been so much pressd by various duties since the meeting of Congress that I have scarcely had a moment for my friends. The body increases and the number of new members, has added its share to my burdens.
The only material fact, that has come to our knowledge since my last to you, relating to the views of the allied powers on So. Am: amounts to this, that the presumption that they would make no attempt in favor of Spain for their subjugation of the new governments, has acquird strength. Mr Sheldon thinks, that the attitude assumd by England, and that that, which is anticipated, on the part of the UStates, will have a decisive effect in preventing it. We have heard nothing respecting it from any other quarter.
I have conferr’d with General Jackson, respecting the communications between the former Secry of War & him, at the period to which your notes refer, and am assurd that he will afford me, every detaild and authentic information on the subject which you desire. His feelings towards you are of the most friendly character.
Mrs Monroe’s health has improvd of late, & her present state is such as to promise its restoration at no distant period. She unites with our daughter in best regards to Mrs. Madn. & your mother—very respectfully & sincerely Your friend
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM.