MONROE, JAMES. 1758-1831.
Autograph Letter Signed ("James Monroe"), 1 p, 4to, New York, December 12, 1830, to Nicholas Biddle, with integral autograph address leaf, some offset to ink, light soiling at horizontal crease, otherwise fine. An elderly Monroe writes to Nicholas Biddle, the President of the Second Bank of the United States, recommending an old friend: "Mr. Burrows who will deliver you this, has expressed a desire that I would introduce him to your acquaintance, according to the knowledge I have of his character, and the impression I entertain of it. At a distant period back, while I held the office of Ch. Magistrate, he was introduced to me by a letter from Govr. Wolcott of Connecticut, in very favorable terms, as a citizen of merit and entitled to the attention of the govt. He reminds me that I acted under the influence of that recommendation, and promoted his objects in Europe in commerce by letters to public officers then ... I am informed, by the best authority here, that he is engaged extensively in commerce, in both hemispheres, the operation of which are well conducted and attended with success." The friend in question is likely Silas Enoch Burrows [1794-1870], a New York banker and and maritime entrepreneur.