First edition of James Monroe’s A View of the Conduct of the Executive, in the Foreign Affairs of the United States, published in 1797.
Octavo, lxvi, 407pp. Rebound with brown morocco spine, marbled board covers, gilt title over green leather. Light toning to text block. (Howes M-727)
Comments: President Monroe held many positions before his presidency, including Minister to France. Monroe faced criticism from the administration of George Washington that he was not properly defending the Jay Treaty (between the United States and Great Britain, ensuring Commerce and Navigation) while in France. President Washington knew that Monroe was about to publish this book, so asked Secretary of State Tim Pickering for a copy before publication. Washington made remarks in the margins and “thoroughly disapproved of it and its author.”
Full title: A View Of The Conduct of the Executive, In The Foreign Affairs Of The United States. Connected With The Mission To The French Republic, During The Years 1794, 5, & 6.