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James Monroe's Letters to Timothy Pickering

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In this March 10, 1796 letter, Monroe reports on his successful efforts to deter the French government from sending a special Envoy to the United States. The Envoy would have antagonized the United States government and possibly prevented diplomacy between France and the United States from continuing in following regular procedures. Monroe reports that the primary domestic conflicts in France are anti-government demonstrations led by senior members of groups which operated during the Reign of Terror. Monroe speculates that the groups only continue to function with help from foreign influences. Although Monroe reports that a peace between Spain and France is underway and the Spanish Minister Del Campo is making his way to France, Monroe supposes that French military offensives will continue as Prussian forces make their way toward Holland.