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Monroe, James (1758-1831) to Charles F. Mercer

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01134 Author/Creator: Monroe, James (1758-1831) Place Written: Oak Hill, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 22 May 1826 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket : free frank ; 24.5 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Letter to Mercer, a Virginia Congressman. Acknowledges Mercer's letter of 20 May 1826. Monroe was seeking a refund of his expenses in France during the Louisiana Purchase negotiations over 20 years before. States that he understands Mercer did not send documents to the House of Representatives because it would not be proper for them to be published at this time. Hopes to get copies of the documents for his own files and presumes Samuel Ingham, a Pennsylvania Congressman and chairman of the select committee of the Committee of Claims considering Monroe's request, probably has them. Wishes to meet with Mercer and Ingham to discuss the issue. Written the day after Congress voted to approve a payment of $29, 513 to Monroe

People: Monroe, James, 1758-1831
Mercer, Charles Fenton, 1778-1858

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Louisiana PurchasePresidentFinanceGovernment and CivicsCongressDiplomacy

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform

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