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Monroe, James (1758-1831) to Robert Patterson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02002 Author/Creator: Monroe, James (1758-1831) Place Written: Washington Type: Letter signed Date: 1816/03/19 Pagination: 2 p. 25 x 20 cm

Signed as Secretary of State to the Director of the Mint, Patterson. The Mint, in Philadelphia, was being repaired. It was unaffected by the British invasion of Washington.

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