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James Monroe's Letters to Edmund Randolf

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In this February 12, 1795 letter to the Secretary of State, Monroe defends himself against critiques made by the Secretary of State in the previous letter. He defends himself by explaining the extent of the diplomatic crisis between the United States and France upon his arrival in Paris and describing his cool treatment by the French government. He states that his previous actions were necessary for maintaining diplomatic ties between the two countries. Monroe then gives his opinion on Jay’s Treaty and his personal understanding of what John Jay’s mission to Britain was meant to be and its potential threat to peace between France and the United States. Monroe moves on to inform the Secretary of State of several political developments in Europe, including the freeing of Madame Lafayette from prison and his efforts to support her.