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James Monroe's Letters to Timothy Pickering

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In this May 2, 1796 letter, Monroe reports on an audience he had with the Directoire and the Minister of Foreign Affairs, and an incident between Monroe and the Minister of Foreign Affairs regarding a misunderstanding regarding a communication to the Secretary of State. Monroe had sent a report to the Secretary, but a short time later the Minister of Foreign Affairs wanted to change the information in the report, requiring Monroe to find the courier, who was already on his way to London. In the end, Monroe could not stop the courier and was forced to write a new communication, causing friction with the Minister. Monroe then reports on the French campaign in Italy, the end of the War in the Vendée, and the execution of the Vendée’s leaders. Monroe finishes by forwarding a letter from a consul and requesting the filling of another consul position.

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