This volume examines letters, newspaper articles, and eyewitness accounts from 1776-1794, documenting James Monroe's time in the Continental Army, in state and national government, and as an attorney, while also revealing aspects of his personal life. These rarely seen documents provide great insight into both Monroe's public activities and his private life. Read letters he wrote from the battlefield to George Washington. Better understand his political views by reading the correspondence he had with Thomas Jefferson and Patrick Henry. Read a letter Monroe wrote to his wife—the only letter he did not destroy after her death. This extraordinary collection is ideal for undergraduate students, as well as for scholars interested in learning more about James Monroe's personal life.
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The Continental Army, January 1776-July 1777 (from "The Autobiography of James Monroe")
Selected Correspondence from 1777 through 1794
"Monroe's (1758-1831) correspondence during this early period of his life is fairly sparse, so most existing letters are included here. Missing are almost all letters to or from his family, all but one passing mention of religion, and no opinion at all on the subject of slavery. His long career in public service began when he was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1782, and this volume includes speeches and motions, reports and legislation he wrote, and official journal entries for his following 12 years in Virginia state politics."