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Folder 87 Alexander Addison to Jonanthan Smith, March 19, 1803

Addison writes that Mr. Monroe’s mission is considered as a wonderful stroke in Politics, as while he is negotiating the French will be acting and taking possession of Louisiana, so that the citizens will arrive at St. Cloud, just in time to congratulate Bonaparte on the addition made to the territories of the republic by the possession of Louisiana and to entreat him not to turn his arms against the United States till Mr. Jefferson’s Presidency is expired. The French put in possessions of Mexico and Peru that the Unites States say have the inestimable privilege of being the last devoured by the Great Nation.