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2 November 2006
MONROE, James. Autograph letter signed ("James Monroe"), as former President, TO JAMES MADISON, Oak Hill, 15 August 1830. 1½ pages, 4to, remnants of tipping along left edge.
PRESIDENT TO PRESIDENT: CORRECTING THE HISTORICAL RECORD REGARDING SECRET DIPLOMACY "IN THE NEGOTIATION FOR PEACE IN 1782-3"
Monroe approves Madison supplying important original documents to historian Jared Sparks concerning the history of the Paris peace talks that ended the American Revolution and resulted in Britain's formal recognition of American independence. "I have received a letter from Mr. Sparks since I last wrote you, informing me that you had allowed him to take a copy of Mr. Reynevalls respecting occurrences in the negotiation for peace in 1782.3. & in reply I assured him that in so doing, you had acted in perfect accord with my wishes. I intimated what related to Mr. Vaughan, in that affair, as that I should inform him, of what had occurred that he might communicate any view which he had taken of those occurrences, either to Mr. Sparks, or to me for him, if he thought proper." Joseph-Matthias Gerard de Rayneval was France's under minister for foreign affairs, serving under the Comte de Vergennes. Benjamin Vaughan, a London friend of Benjamin Franklin and the brother-in-law of Henry Laurens, played a crucial role in the peace negotiations as a covert channel of communication between the Americans and British Prime Minister Lord Shelburne. Sparks could have used this material for any number of works, such as later editions of his biographies of Washington or Gouveneur Morris, or his later compendium of correspondence relating to the revolution.
Monroe also expresses his hopes that Madison has recovered from "a slight attack" which Madison suffered "at the University [of Virginia]." Madison followed Jefferson's footsteps in Charlottesville, serving as a trustee.
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