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Monroe, James
[AUTOGRAPH LETTER, SIGNED, FROM AMERICAN MINISTER TO FRANCE JAMES MONROE TO JOHN HENRY PURVIANCE, REGARDING MONROE'S NEW DUTIES AND HIS NEED FOR CONSULAR ASSISTANCE]
Paris, 1794. [3]pp. on a folded folio sheet, docketed on the blank fourth page. Old folds. Short separations along folds, light creasing. Very good. In a half red morocco and marbled paper folding case, spine gilt. A lengthy and friendly correspondence from James Monroe during the early part of his tumultuous two-year term as Minister to France for President George Washington's fledgling American government. Appointed by Washington to succeed Gouverneur Morris, Monroe arrived in Paris shortly after the fall of Robespierre. Just a few months into his term, in August 1794, Monroe made his infamous speech in which he overpraised the French republic and it haunted the remainder of his tenure; at this time, it was the policy of Washington's administration to maintain strict neutrality in international affairs. This speech, along with a series of diplomatic moves that President Washington disagreed with, led to Monroe's recall from France in 1796. Here, a month after making his controversial speech, Monroe writes to Baltimore native John Henry Purviance to gauge his interest in potential employment in France as his secretary. Monroe writes: "Since my arrival here a great variety of duties in the commercial line and which it was equally impossible and improper for me to perform has made it necessary for me to appoint provisionally (subject to the approval of our government) a consul to take charge of them in this city." Monroe adds that his first choice for the consul position is Fulwar Skipwith, who in fact became Consul-General in Paris in 1795, and who Purviance notes (in … [Click Below for Full Description]
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