Autograph Letter, Signed, from Secretary of State James Monroe. James MONROE.

Autograph Letter, Signed, from Secretary of State James Monroe

Item #79315

MONROE, James. Autograph Letter, Signed, from Secretary of State James Monroe to Dr. Benjamin Rush, Seeking Medical Advice for His Daughter. Washington. 26 May 1811. [1]p. on a single folded folio sheet, with address panel on verso of second leaf. Old folds. Staining and old repair to upper gutter of second leaf, wax seal torn away (not affecting text), light tanning. Very good. A brief but intriguing letter from future president James Monroe to Dr. Benjamin Rush, esteemed physician and signer of the Declaration, regarding a possible medical procedure for his daughter, Eliza Monroe Hay. Monroe writes: "Dear Sir, Many years have elapsed since I had the pleasure to see you, tho' I have always taken a great interest in your welfare & in your professional success & fame. I am sorry that a case in which my daughter Mrs. Hay is interested, should be the particular motive to this communication. I am inclined to apply to you, from the respect I have for your talents, and a belief that it will give you satisfaction, to be instrumental, to the restoration of her health. As the case is partly a surgical one, I shall be glad that you will have the goodness, to show the statement also to Dr. [Philip Syng] Phisick and send me the result of your joint reflections on it. I enclose you 20. dolrs., 10. for each as an introductory fee. With great respect & esteem I am sincerely your friend & servant Jas Monroe." James Monroe (1758-1831) served as ambassador to France in 1794-96, then as special envoy to negotiate the Louisiana Purchase in 1803, and later as Secretary of State for most of the Madison administration. Monroe's presidency (1817-25) has been characterized as the Era of Good Feeling, due in part to his balanced approach to appointments and political decisions. Eliza Monroe Hay (1786-1840) spent much of her childhood in Paris, where she was well educated. During her father's presidency she often assumed the role of honorary First Lady, as her mother was frequently in poor health. Benjamin Rush (1745-1813) was a true Renaissance man: Surgeon General of the Continental Army, active member of the Sons of Liberty and signer of the Declaration of Independence, civic leader in Philadelphia, professor of chemistry, medical theory, and clinical practice at the University of Pennsylvania, treasurer of the U.S. Mint, and founder.

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