The Papers of James Monroe, Volume 7: Selected Correspondence and Papers, April 1814-February 1817

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Daniel Prestoneditor

Daniel Preston is editor of the Papers of James Monroe at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

The Papers of James Monroe, Volume 7: Selected Correspondence and Papers, April 1814-February 1817

20200331

Greenwood

Pages 728
Topics Battle of New Orleans (1815);Burning of Washington (1814);Napoleonic Wars;Presidential Election of 1816;Rush-Bagot Treaty (1817);Second Administration of James Madison (1813–1817);Spanish Florida;Treaty of Ghent (1814);American History: Politics

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The Papers of James Monroe, Volume 7: Selected Correspondence and Papers, April 1814-February 1817

Contributors: Preston, Daniel;
Abstract:

The 605 documents presented in Volume 7 of The Papers of James Monroe date from April 1814, the midpoint of Monroe's term as secretary of state under President James Madison, to March 1817, just prior to his inauguration as president.

Volume 7 opens in the midst of the War of 1812, documenting Monroe's role as military adviser to President Madison during an ill-fated defense of Washington in August 1814, his appointment as secretary of war in September 1814, and his return to the State Department in March 1815, when he began the work of normalizing relations with the European nations after the end of the Napoleonic wars. Relations with Great Britain remained uneasy, but Monroe reduced friction by negotiating the 1817 Rush-Bagot Treaty, which led to disarmament of the Great Lakes.

Numerous documents detail the ill will between the United States and Spain caused by the war, disagreement over possession of Florida, and the revolutions in Spain's American colonies. The volume also addresses the presidential election of 1816. Monroe, in line with the accepted practice at the time, avoided any overt acts that would indicate he was seeking the office. Correspondence with friends and confidants and several campaign essays written by Monroe nevertheless reveal a strategy of a quiet campaign to garner support for his candidacy.


  • Contains 605 documents covering the period April 1814–March 1817
  • Offers insights into both Monroe's public career and his private life, including family matters, health issues, friendships, and his participation in the social life of the capital
  • Illuminates Monroe's roles as military advisor to former President Madison, secretary of war, secretary of state, and presidential candidate
  • Provides details on the presidential campaign of 1816, during which Monroe followed accepted practice and made no public show of seeking the office, but privately worked to garner support for his candidacy

Editor(s): Preston, Daniel;
SortTitle: papers of james monroe, volume 7: selected correspondence and papers, april 1814-february 1817
Keyword(s): Battle of New Orleans (1815); Burning of Washington (1814); Napoleonic Wars; Presidential Election of 1816; Rush-Bagot Treaty (1817); Second Administration of James Madison (1813–1817); Spanish Florida; Treaty of Ghent (1814); American History: Politics
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Daniel Prestoneditor

Daniel Preston is editor of the Papers of James Monroe at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia.

eISBN-13: 9781440857850
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Print ISBN-13: 9780313319846
Imprint: Greenwood
Pages: 728
Publication Date: 20200331

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