To James Monroe August 17, 1794

To James Monroe August 17, 1794



As I believe none of the public papers have announced your name right I am unable to address you by it, but a new minister from America is joy to me and will be so to every American in France.

Eight months I have been imprisoned, and I know not for what, except that the order says that I am a Foreigner. The illness I have suffered in this place (and from which I am but just recovering) had nearly put an end to my existence. My life is but of little value to me in this situation though I -have borne it with a firmness of patience and fortitude.

I enclose you a copy of a letter (as well the translations as the English), which I sent to the Convention after the fall of the Monster Robespierre-for I was determined not to write a line during the time of his detestable influence. I sent also a copy to the Committee of Public Safety-but I have not heard any thing respecting it. I have now no expectation of delivery but by your means-Morris has been my inveterate enemy, and I think he has permitted something of the national character of America to suffer by quietly letting a Citizen of that Country remain almost eight months in prison without making every official exertion to procure him justice,-for every act of violence offered to a foreigner is offered also to the Nation to which he belongs.

The gentleman, Mr. Beresford, who will present you this has been very friendly to me. Wishing you happiness in your appointment, I am your affectionate friend and humble servant.