Baltimore. June 19, 1794. p., docketed on verso. Single quarto sheet. Old fold lines. Light wear and soiling, two older tape repairs on verso. Staining on right edge. Good plus. Item #WRCAM46072
James Monroe writes to New Hampshire Senator John Langdon immediately before Monroe's departure to take up his position as U.S. Minster to France. Monroe resigned his Virginia seat in the Senate to accept the diplomatic position to France. In this letter he asks Langdon to remain informed about affairs in the Senate: "Dear sir, I cannot take my departure without dropping you a line to request that you will occasionally write & give me such information as you know I expect to possess, where I am going. I sail in a few hours upon a mission which was little thought of when you left Philadelphia. Present our best respects to Mrs. Langdon & yr. daughter & be assured of the esteem & regard with I am sincerely yours, Jas. Monroe." John Langdon (1741-1819) was a New Hampshire merchant and politician who was one of New Hampshire's first senators. He served as president PRO TEMPORE of the Senate and later held the office of the governor of the state. Though he started out as a Federalist, Langdon switched his views and allegiances to the Jeffersonian Republicans around 1794. He and Monroe served in the Senate together before Monroe left to begin his diplomatic career across the Atlantic. Further evidence of their continued friendship is indicated by President Monroe's visit to Langdon while he was in New Hampshire in 1817. James Monroe (1758-1831) was serving as a Senator from Virginia when he was appointed U.S. Minister to France, where he served from 1794 to 1796. In the end Monroe was considered too friendly to the French cause and was replaced by Charles Cotesworth Pinckney. He was subsequently twice governor of Virginia, Minister to Britain, Secretary of War, and Secretary of State before being elected to the office of the presidency in 1817.