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James Monroe's Letters to Timothy Pickering

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In this December 6, 1795 letter, Monroe acknowledges that it was in September when he first received word of Jay’s Treaty through his correspondence with the Secretary of State. Monroe reports that the French government is quite displeased and if the French government was to recognize Jay’s treaty as an indication of a political alliance between the United States and England then France’s trust with the United States would be compromised. Additionally, Monroe asserts that since the end of the Reign of Terror, the French government has stabilized on a local, state, and national level. With regard to his oversight of American indemnity cases, Monroe settled Mr. Fulwar Skipwith’s case. Regarding consuls, Monroe’s report defends Mr. Fenwick against his charges. Although he personally supports Mr. Edward Fenwick, who was asked to step down from his post, Monroe agrees that his discharge will ensure greater diplomatic peace. Monroe also reports that Mr. Thomas Pinckney, who had been the American consul in Spain, has left his post. Within France, Count Carletti, an Italian minister from Tuscany, was requested by the French government to leave Paris. Monroe’s report also details the French military’s recent loss at the Battle of Manheim, a defeat which took the lives of thousands of French soldiers.