Lot 7: James Monroe
10th August 2016
ALS signed “Jas. Monroe,” one page, 7 x 8.75, October 21, 1802. Letter to a gentleman, in full: “Mr. Wilson of Baltimore will have the pleasure of presenting you this letter. I knew him in France sometime while I was there, and from what I saw and heard of his character, considered him as an upright intelligent and discerning citizen. I am of opinion that full confidence may be reposed in him in these respects. He has intimated to me a desire of employment under our govt. In the consulate abroad, and having expressed a wish that I would make his pretensions known to you in the light they are to me, I take the liberty to furnish him with this introduction.” Professionally inlaid into a larger sheet and in fine condition. Accompanied by an unsigned engraved portrait. From the collection of John Augustin Daly. The man referenced is likely Henry Wilson of Maryland, who served as US consul at Ostend from 1803 to 1816 and at Nantes from 1817 to 1821.
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