1823 President “James Monroe” Autograph Letter Signed
JAMES MONROE (1758-1831). 5th President of the United States. During the War of 1812, Monroe held the critical roles of both Secretary of State and the Secretary of War under President James Madison.
March 26, 1823-Dated, Autograph Letter Signed, “James Monroe” as President, 2 pages, measuring 8.75” x 6.5”, Washington, Very Fine. This rare Presidential period Letter is written in rich brown ink on wove period paper Letter mentions enclosing another letter (not present) to an unknown person, “... which gives instructions respecting the porches at the East & West ends of the house...”. President Monroe mentions “plaister” (alternative form of plaster), wine, and other items, and says that “the money cannot be spent without great difficulty...” and adds that his presence is required in Washington for the next several days. Back lower edge of letter is tipped to an album page and there are a few trivial edge chips. Boldly penned and signed in brown ink. For 24 years, from 1799 to 1823, the Monroe family home was Highland, Monroe’s Albemarle County, Virginia plantation, adjacent to Jefferson’s home Monticello. See: “An Account of James Monroe's Land Holdings” by By Christopher Fennell. http://www.histarch.illinois.edu/highland/ashlawn1.html