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William and Mary obtains letters from James Monroe to cabinet member

William and Mary obtains letters from James Monroe to cabinet member

Letters James Monroe penned to one of his closest confidants, then-Secretary of the Treasury William Crawford, now belong to the College of William and Mary.

"As there are not many existing letters between Monroe and his cabinet members, we expect these letters to provide new insight into Monroe's presidency and lead to new scholarship and discoveries," said Jay Gaidmore, director of the Special Collections Research Center at the university's Swem Library.

Jody and Wilma Forsyth, whose daughter Samantha is currently pursuing a law degree at the college, provided the money for this purchase. The college did not specify the amount of their donation.

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