New discoveries could be found in President Monroe’s letters

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WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (AP) – William & Mary has acquired more than two dozen letters that President James Monroe wrote to his Treasury Secretary.

The university in Williamsburg, Virginia, says they’ve never been published before. The school says the acquisition comes at a time of renewed interest in the fifth president. He served from 1817 to 1825.

Jay Gaidmore, director of the Special Collections Research Center at the school’s Swem Library, says the correspondence could provide new scholarship discoveries into Monroe’s presidency. He says there are not many existing letters between Monroe and his cabinet.

The letters were purchased from the Raab Collection, a historical document and autograph dealer. And the firm got them from descendants of William Crawford, Monroe’s Treasury Secretary.

The university will display the letters next year and post them online.

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