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Monroe, James (1758-1831) to Thomas Jefferson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01576 Author/Creator: Monroe, James (1758-1831) Place Written: Washington, D.C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 April 1821 Pagination: 3 p. 26 x 21 cm + docket by Jefferson

Summary of Content: Mentions funding appropriations for the University of Virginia, and states that he enclosed a report on the subject. Pledges continued support for the University. A discussion of foreign relations with Europe follows. Comments on an Austrian attack on Naples and its possible consequences, and tariff disagreements between the United States and France. Describes the people of Europe as "ripe for revolt."

People: Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Monroe, James, 1758-1831

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: PresidentEducationFinanceGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyMilitary HistoryTaxes or TaxationFranceRebellionEconomics

Sub Era: The First Age of Reform

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