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Collection Reference Number GLC04453
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1811 
Title James Monroe to unknown regarding his newly appointed position as Secretary of State
Date 23 April 1811
Author Monroe, James (1758-1831)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Written by Monroe shortly after he took office as Secretary of State to unknown recipient. Acknowledges recipient's letter of 15 April 1811. Was pleased with President Madison's offer of the job saying "it was addressed on such fair & liberal principles, proposing a cooperation of our labours & efforts to promote the publick welfare." His only concern about taking the job was leaving the office of Governor of Virginia after three months, but his friends supported his move to Washington. Says relations with Madison have picked up where they left off before. Expects more information after the ship Essex arrives from France and England. Work at State is at a standstill until the ship arrives. Discusses issues on his plantation. Thanks recipient for taking an interest in his brother and hopes that he can set himself up independently at some point. Probably referring to his brother Joseph who had money troubles. Quickly mentions other family members.
Subjects Office Seeker  Government and Civics  President  Agriculture and Animal Husbandry  Children and Family  Finance  War of 1812  
People Monroe, James (1758-1831)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme Government & Politics; The Presidency; Agriculture; Children & Family; War of 1812
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859