Papers of James Monroe Listed in Chronological Order From the Original Manuscripts in the Library of Congress

Ford, Worthington Chauncey ; (editor)

Editorial: Government Printing Office, Paris, 1904
Condición: Very Good Encuadernación de tapa dura
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114 pages; Publisher's maroon cloth, spine lettered in gilt. This publication resembles other Library of Congress handlists of the papers of other founding fathers, but the multi-leaf frontispiece reproduces in full a document of extraordinary interest relating to American diplomatic history. There are 12 pages of photographs of the notes kept by James Monroe of the negotiations with the French over the largest land deal in the history of the United States -- the so-called Louisiana Purchase. President Jefferson sent Robert Livingston and James Monroe to Paris to seek to purchase the Port of New Orleans from the French in the spring of 1803. On April 11, 1803, a day before Monroe arrived in Paris, the French minister of foreign relations, Charles Maurice de Talleyrand-Perigord, surprised Livingston by offering the United States not just New Orleans but all of the vast Louisiana Territory. When Monroe arrived, he was originally less enthusiastic about a larger deal than Livingston, but the bargain price and the chance to more than double the size of the United States was impossible to resist. With the slow communications of the day, it was impossible for Monroe and Livingston to consult President Jefferson, and Napoleon wanted to move quickly. As it happened, Jefferson's two representatives had been instructed to spend up to ten million U.S. Dollars to purchase New Orleans (and hope to include the coastline extending down to what is now Florida); and as the price asked for an immensely larger region was $15 million, the deal seemed impossible to resist. Over four days at the end of April 1803, the Americans and the French worked out an agreement, and on April 30 a treaty was signed. These twelve pages in Monroe's handwriting represent his notes of these negotiations, and are the only contemporary record of the American side of the largest land deal in American history. (President Jefferson did not learn about the historic deal until July 3, and his initial reaction was to wonder whether a U.S. President had the constitutional authority to make such a purchase. Again, the price, roughly 4 cents per acre, and the official end to any possible French dominion over North America, was a powerful incentive). A well-preserved copy of this important volume, with minor wear only at the spine ends and corners. Many top edges of the leaves are unopened. N° de ref. de la librería 40297

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Título: Papers of James Monroe Listed in ...

Editorial: Government Printing Office, Paris

Año de publicación: 1904

Encuadernación: Hardcover

Condición del libro:Very Good

Edición: First Edition; First Printing.

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