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No one seriously doubted the validity of his claim but Congress, caught in a partisan whirlwind between the Jacksonians and the supporters of John Quincy Adams (whom Monroe was suspected of favoring), took its time, and then awarded Monroe but half his due. Would that the matter had ended there, a rank injustice: but Monroe wouldn’t – couldn’t – let it go, and pursued the matter until the end of life when, as he lay penniless and dying, Congress finally anted up. Monroe then paid off his obligations and solvent at last, died.
With this letter, written on his last day in office, Monroe attempts to settle his account with the Bank of Columbia (1791-1824) in Washington, D.C., and so get a running start on the troubles to come. Much is not understood, much is tentative, and he awaits an examination, he says, to make sense of it all
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Washington March 3.d 1825
Without having examined my acct. with the bank of Columbia, or having any knowledge of the ground on which the check on me was drawn for 300 dolrs, I have sanctioned it to day, for the sum of two hundred & seventy three on you, with the understanding that I should be responsible for that sum, if on examination, it should appear to be correct. This understanding will of course apply to the whole claim on me as transferred to your bank.
With sincere regards
I am sir yours
I shall be glad to hear the result of the application to the parent bank -