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JAMES MONROE (1758-1831)
JAMES MONROE (1758-1831) 
5th US President

5th US President, presided over a particularly harmonious and prosperous time known as the "Era of Good Feelings." Promulgated the "Monroe Doctrine" as US policy. Manuscript letter entirely in Monroe's own hand, dated September 3,1814, just days after the British had burned Washington DC during the War of 1812. The letter is intended as an introduction from Monroe, at the time US Secretary of War, to the commanders organizing the attack on the British fleet operating in the Potomac, which would soon threaten Fort McHenry and Baltimore. "Dear Sir, Permit me to present to your acquaintance Genls. Ringgold, Van Ness, Col. Tilghman, Mr. Lawrence & Mr. Jones, and my brother. They are desirous of uniting their aid, so far as they may be able, in giving effect to the efforts to demolish the squadron in the river. By placing them with you, I know that I advance them to the post of danger & of honor. Sincerely yours, Jas. Monroe." Excellent condition. A terrific letter, with excellent wartime content, written during the darkest days of the War of 1812 by a future president. Quality War of 1812 letters are extremely scarce, and significant ones from future presidents involved in the conflict are very rare. A great item. $9500.00


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