The Lives of James Madison and James Monroe: Fourth and Fifth Presidents of the United States

By John Quincy Adams | Go to book overview

MONROE'S ADMINISTRATION.

WHILE the possession of brilliant genius or talents, will not be claimed for James Monroe, even by his warmest admirers, it will not, on the other hand, be denied, that he carefully improved the varied and numerous advantages he enjoyed, during a protracted public career; and that, as the acquisitions of a long experience, he added, to his natural prudence and good sense, a tact, and a knowledge of men, which eminently fitted him for a successful politician. When, therefore, he proposed, in 1814, as Secretary of War, his measure for the increase of the army, to which the term of "conscription" was opprobriously, yet unjustly applied, he foresaw that it might seriously affect his popularity; and, inasmuch as his name had been proposed as the successor of Mr. Madison, he came to the deliberate determination, after consultation with his confidential friends, to which he would unquestionably have adhered, to decline standing as a candidate, in the event of the continuance of the war. The peace, however, relieved him from this position of embarrassment, and his friends at once began, openly and zealously, to advocate his selection as the candidate of the republican party.

Other candidates for the nomination were likewise

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  • Title Page i
  • Contents v
  • Preface. vii
  • Life of James Madison. 9
  • Madison's Administration. 105
  • Life of James Monroe, 195
  • Monroe's Administration. 297
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