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    James Monroe Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 7.25" x 9.5", Oak Hill Plantation [Virginia], December 9, 1825. Nine months after leaving the White House, James Monroe writes from his Loudon County plantation to an unnamed recipient concerning his own failure to find a letter from Henry Dearborn recommending a "Mr. Darby" as "asst. for the Navy at Boston." In part as written:

    "Mr. Darby has written to me to ask that I would search among my papers, for a letter from Genl. Dearborn, recommending him as the asst. for the Navy at Boston. I have examined among my papers, and have not been able to find it. It was my general practice to deposit such documents in the dept. to which they related, on the presumption that they might be useful to the parties, there, which they could not be, in my possession. . . . I will still look for that letter & should I find, I will hasten to transmit it to you. Make my respects to Mr. Darby."

    Henry Dearborn of Massachusetts had served as Thomas Jefferson's secretary of war from 1801-1809. Monroe appointed him minister plenipotentiary to Portugal in 1822. On toned paper carefully bordered by archival paper for an overall size of 7.5" x 9.75".

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