1811.032: Circular Letter from Gov. Monroe on the Loss of Public Arms.

Published: 1811

Full Title: [Letter from James Monroe respecting the loss of the public arms].

Author: Monroe, James (1758-1831), governor.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Samuel Pleasants

Description: Unrecorded


The Chesapeake-Leopard affair of June 1807 led to the mobilization of Virginia's militia; that call-up revealed significant losses among the arms and munitions supposedly owned by the state, and the poor state of repair of the remaining arms; the General Assemblies from 1808 to 1810 all addressed the issue, with the dismissal of the superintendent of the manufactory of arms in early 1809, and subsequent legislation regulating the use and repair of such public property; here Monroe was apparently communicating the requirements of several new laws enacted by the December 1810 Assembly (December 3, 1810 to February 14, 1811). No copy known extant; Swem recorded this title from a payment to Samuel Pleasants on April 8, 1811, for printing this circular. Yet this letter must have issued sometime between January 19th, when Monroe was elected as governor in the place of John Tyler Sr., who had resigned to take a federal judgeship, and March 3rd, when Monroe also resigned the office to become Secretary of State in the Madison administration.

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