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James Monroe's Letters to Edmund Randolf

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The first point of business in this February 1, 1795 letter is an update on the status of Monroe’s unsuccessful efforts to access a copy of the Jay Treaty. He laments that he didn't receive the message that Colonel Humphreys sent to him via Mr. Muscoe Livingston due to Livingston’s development of an illness on his way to Paris. Next, Monroe informs the Secretary of the French army's advance into Holland and France's attempt to negotiate peace. He expresses that the efforts may prove difficult since the Prince of Orange and the royal family has fled into exile. Monroe's letter reflects a negative opinion of the whole campaign. He sees it as “an exploit of the ancient Roman empire [greater] than those of modern Princes.” Lastly, he informs the Secretary of other claims surrounding matters he will continue to give attention to.