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    Secretary of State Monroe writes to collect his salary

    James Monroe Autograph Letter Signed as Secretary of State. Four pages, penned on first two pages only, 5" x 7.75", Washington, D.C., July 23, 1816. The Secretary of State writes to an unknown correspondent regarding personal banking issues. In full:

    "Dear Sir, Can you with convenience send me the balance of the last quarter's salary, and wait the ensuing one, and such arrangements as I shall make, on leaving this, to attend to my private affairs, for what you have kindly advanced me. If you can, be so good as to send it by the bearer, Joseph Warren, 200 dollars of which, in Baltimore notes. But if the balance which I owe you, is wanted, you will retain, what I now write for & I will in a few days, make up the deficiency. I beg you to consult your convenience, being very sensible, of the attention you have already shown me. I send you my bank book, in which be so good as to state my account with as much minuteness as you can, for in the multiplicity & extent of my engagements & duties, I have Kept little other accounts. With respect & esteem, yours Jas. Monroe."

    Monroe's comments about "the multiplicity & extent of my engagements & duties" is significant, in that he'd been wearing several hats. Monroe became Secretary of State in April 1811. In September 1814, he was appointed Secretary of War, and resigned his Secretary of State position on October 1, 1814. However, no new Secretary of State was ever named, and Monroe continued fulfilling the responsibilities of that position, in addition to his Secretary of War duties. By February 1815, Monroe resigned as Secretary of War and was formally reappointed Secretary of State. A position he held until March 4, 1817, when he became the fifth President of the United States. This boldly penned letter bears several "x" cancellation cuts; those on the first leaf have been professionally restored; second leaf bears cancellation cuts as well as several small areas of paper loss.

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