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James Monroe's Letters to Edmund Randolf

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This December 2, 1794 letter opens with news from Monroe stating that France has conceded to American concerns over the issues surrounding the controversial Embargo of Bordeaux. More specifically, he notes that the French government is willing to compensate American sailors for any supplies donated to the struggling government of St. Domingo. Furthermore, Monroe adds that the French government has changed its policy towards the way it conducts trade with the United States and will no longer place any restrictions on goods destined to hostile countries. As the letter continues, Monroe discusses the political atmosphere surrounding Europe. Most notably is Monroe’s inclination in which he thinks Spain will press for peace sometime soon during the current winter, exemplifying how the Spanish have recently suffered another major defeat against the French army. In addition, Monroe details how neutral countries such as Denmark and Sweden would like to see the war weaken England’s navy and diminish England's naval dominance. In closing, Monroe explains that Mr. Skipwith has agreed to accept the post of Consulate in Paris and notes that he is the best man for the job.