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Monroe, James (1758-1831) to unknown

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00496.071 Author/Creator: Monroe, James (1758-1831) Place Written: Oak Hill, Loudoun County, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 5 June 1820 Pagination: 2 p. ; 25 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Possibly written to President Monroe's lawyer. Involves a financial claim Mr. Coffin held against Monroe, who disparagingly refers to Coffin as a "adventurer, without talents, & therefore an impostor." Monroe paid Coffin $35 for four busts, but Coffin claims to be owed more. Because Monroe is president, he feels it best to settle with Coffin, and calls going before a magistrate a "last course." Monroe sends a check for the amount of the claim, giving his correspondent authority to settle the matter, and asks that it be done without altercation.

Background Information:

People: Monroe, James, 1758-1831

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentLawFinanceArt, Music, Theater, and FilmForgery and Fraud

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform

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