Memorandum on the Monroe Doctrine

Memorandum on the Monroe Doctrine

Memorandum on the Monroe Doctrine

Memorandum on the Monroe Doctrine

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Herewith I transmit a Memorandum on the Monroe Doctrine, prepared by your direction, given a little over two months ago.

Voluminous as it is, the Memorandum makes no pretense at being either a treatise or a commentary on the Doctrine; the shortness of time available for the work and the urgency for its completion, coupled with the performance of regular Departmental duties assigned to me, forbade such an undertaking.

Obviously the views set out, both herein and in the Memorandum, are not authoritative statements, but merely personal expressions of the writer.

The Memorandum is by design (to the full extent it has been possible so to make it) a mere collection of documents, or glossed authoritative statements and discussions, accompanied by such slight, running comments only as are necessary to identify the incident or situation with which the documents are connected. This is especially true of the correspondence covering the years immediately preceding the announcement of the Doctrine and thereafter, this material being in the main taken from references or quoted documents given in the International Arbitrations and International Law Digest of John Bassett Moore, whose deep learning and exhaustive research in all matters connected with the international relations of this country, can be appreciated by those only who attempt to follow along any road he has already traveled. In common with every person who writes about American international relations, I owe to Mr. Moore (on account of these two great works) a debt which I can pay only by a full and frank admission of my obligation, which I am happy here fully to, make.

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