James Monroe Autograph Letter Signed. Two pages, 8" x 9.75", Oak Hill, January 18, 1829. Great content letter to an unknown recipient: "...I have so little desire to assume any pretentions [sic], founded on my publick services, or to yield, to the indulgent & generous feelings of those of my fellow citizens, who think favorably of them, that I shrink from every appeal of the kind... Having long served my country with integrity & zeal, I cherish retirement, and derive much consolation from a review of the past, especially as our success, under all the difficulties to which we have been exposed, furnishes good ground, on which to calculate on its continuance. I trust that we shall not only continue to be free and happy, but to preset an example, which will be useful to other nations..."

    Monroe had retired from public service at the end of his presidency in 1825. His eight years tenure has been coined "The Era of Good Feelings", indicative of his even handed pragmatism in policy and skill with facing the many crisis challenging his administration. His eight years in office endured the financial panic of 1819, the events leading to the Missouri Compromise, and strained diplomatic relations with the great powers of Europe that would inspire the Monroe Doctrine. After leaving office he retired to his home in Oak Hill. He spent his last years dedicated to writing and caring for his ailing wife. Riddled with debt, Monroe sold his home at Oak Hill upon the death of his wife in 1830, and moved to New York to live with his daughter.

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