5th President. Autograph letter signed (ALS) “James Monroe”, July 22, 1815, Washington, to William Crawford, in full:
I came here lately to meet you, & our friends from Europe, but find that the state of my health compels me to return to the country before I can have the pleasure of seeing you. I have a farm in Albemarle where should it comport with your convenience to take that route, I should be glad to see you.
While I acted in the Department of War, I introduced Mr. [George] Graham into it. He is a brother of John Graham in the Department of State. He is upright, honorable & capable. Should you take the Department of War, I have great confidence that you… propriety of taking that station [I have ] only to state that it would be highly gratifying to me. Being very respectfully & sincerely yours, James Monroe.
The recipient is William Crawford, who was taking the post of Secretary of War, one that Monroe had held. He is recommending George Graham who would succeed Crawford in that post and later head the Land Office.
The letter shows age wear, including paper loss along lower horizontal fold resulting in loss of several words. Addressed on verso to Crawford. Affordable handwritten Monroe letter.