The Papers of James Monroe
Selected Correspondence and Papers, 1794–1796, Volume 3
This volume covers the start of James Monroe's tenure as U.S. minister to France, commencing with his appointment in May 1794 and running through March 1796, a year before his return home. Consisting mainly of Monroe's correspondence with the U.S. and French governments, and with fellow American diplomats, the documents in this volume shed much light on the controversy surrounding the Jay Treaty and on Monroe's efforts to secure the release of two famous prisoners—Thomas Paine, author of "Common Sense," and Madame Lafayette, wife of the American Revolutionary War hero. Monroe's correspondents include President George Washington, Secretaries of State Edmund Randolph and Timothy Pickering, and future presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison. While most of the letters relate to official business, Monroe's correspondence with his uncle, Joseph Jones, and with Madison, often relate to personal matters. Including many letters not found in State Department records, this volume of carefully selected documents will engage the interest of both scholars and interested undergraduates.
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"This is a highly recommended set for any academic or research library."
"This volume covers part of Monroe's (1751-1831) term as US minister to France; documents from his final at the post there will be in the next volume. France was at war with Britain at the time, and the US treaty with Britain raised a bit of a controversy in Paris, as well as a number of difficulties such as people being detained and ships being seized, that the diplomat had to deal with. Foremost among the issues was the detention of inflammatory American pamphleteer Thomas Paine (1737-1809) because of his English birth; Monroe secured his released, then put him up until his health improved. Some of the documents have been published elsewhere, and others are archival, in some cases surviving only in rather dubious copies. Notes after each document explain references."