About the Letter
Monroe begins this June 26, 1795 letter by announcing that the British have decided to, once again, engage in naval warfare with the United States's merchant ships on the Atlantic Ocean. Unsure of the effect this will have on the French government, Monroe expresses concern that the French may counteract with similar measures. He reports France's concern that the goods they purchse will not be protected from English seizure. Monroe speculates that Britain's reinstated policy may have been timed to begin after the release of the Jay Treaty. Next, he provides an update regarding the war between France and Britain. He reports that both sides seem to be preparing for continued hostilities. Monroe makes the point that if France and Holland are able to unite, then they, as well as Denmark, Sweden and Spain, would have an increased power over Britain. Monroe states that while he has no authority, nor place, to authoritatively say anything, he believed that, if possible, peace should be kept and that it is desirable. However, redress by arms might become necessary in order to defend the honor and the ideals for which the United States had already fought for.