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Collection Reference Number GLC05568
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1815 
Title James Monroe to Charles Everett concerning the Treaty of Ghent and the Battle of New Orleans
Date 18 February 1815
Author Monroe, James (1758-1831)  
Recipient Everett, Charles  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Announces the arrival of the Treaty of Ghent in Washington, D.C., which ended the War of 1812, and favorably assesses it as "perfectly honorable to the UStates." Also comments that the Battle of New Orleans "gives its men a splendour which will make the epoch memorable in our history." Monroe was then secretary of state. Dr. Everett was a physician and a state politician in Virginia. Letter includes an address and free frank in Monroe's own hand.
Subjects War of 1812  Military History  Treaty  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Battle  Battle of New Orleans  President  
People Monroe, James (1758-1831)  Everett, Charles (d. 1848)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme War of 1812; Foreign Affairs; Government & Politics; The Presidency
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Ironically, American and British negotiators in Ghent, Belgium, signed a peace treaty ending the war two weeks before the Battle of New Orleans. A war-weary Britain agreed to return to conditions that existed before the war. Left unmentioned in the peace treaty were the issues over which Americans had supposedly fought the war--impressment, naval blockades, and the British Orders in Council. In this letter, President Monroe announces the Treaty of Ghent.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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