Lot 7: James Monroe, ALS as president
12th October 2016
ALS as president, one page both sides, 7.75 x 9.75, August 21, 1819. Letter to an unidentified recipient, in part: “The papers enclosed relate to Judge Bland. I wish to examine them tonight or early in the morning; after which be so good as to return them to me, without delay, as he will call on Mr. Adams before 12, to receive some answer on the subject matter thereof…It appears to me that these papers invalidate, altogether, the deposition of Sanders [sic]. There is however in the Dept a document from another source exculpating him, in certain respect. Can this have any weight, without making known to the Judge its contents & affording him an opportunity to vindicate himself against it? Can that be done without the consent of the party, & if that consent is requested, & the party refuses it, ought the document then to have any weight? You will find within also a private letter to me from Pickney relating to the same subject. This is communicated in particular confidence to be returned with the other papers.” In very good to fine condition, with small holes from ink erosion, and an old mounting remnant to reverse left edge. After proposing the appointment of Theodrick Bland as a federal district judge, Monroe was forced to put the matter on hold as rumors of Bland’s supposed privateering past began to surface. A Mr. Sand also claimed that Bland was illegally financing Baltimore merchants, but Monroe and Secretary of State John Quincy Adams decided to move forward as planned, as reports of Mr. Sand’s low character and questionable morals cast a very different light on the subject.
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