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This historic book may have numerous typos, missing text or index. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. 1887. Not illustrated. Excerpt:... CHAPTER VIII. James Monroe Governor of Virginia--The Negro Conspiracy--Jefferson President--The Louisiana Purchase--Monroe Sent to Paris--A Notable School-girl Friendship--Monroe Appointed Minister to England.--Home again--Member of the Assembly and Governor of Virginia. Partisan feeling and prejudice had a great share in forming the judgments passed upon Mr. Monroe's management of the French mission. It is also true that his defence of himself and his vigorous arraignment of the administration did much in the way of arousing and directing party feeling. Some of his friends urged him to re-enter Congress, where a seat was assured and a career ready but he had another field before him. The time was drawing near for the election of a governor of the State of Virginia, and he determined to strike for the higher prize. His success, by a vote in the Legislature of one hundred and one votes to sixty-six given for his Federalist competitor, John Breckinridge, was Virginia's verdict upon his career in France. It was also a very plain indication of the waning strength of the old Federal Party, which had done its uttermost to defeat the result. Concerning this its leading journal in that State, the Richmond Federaltst, declared that the day of election was a day of mourning, and that Virginia's " misfortunes may be comprised in one short sentence,' Monroe-is elected governor.'" He entered upon the duties of his office in 1799, and discharged them during the three years following in a manner which received the entire approval of his constituents, especially that large majority of them which now belonged to his own party. In the following year, 1800, came the great political struggle which resulted in the election of Thomas Jefferson to be President of the United States....

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