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James Monroe – State of the Union – December 7, 1824

James Monroe – State of the Union – December 7, 1824

Oct 18, 2012

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: The view which I have now to present to you of our affairs, foreign and domestic, realizes the most sanguine anticipations which have been entertained of the public prosperity. If we look to the whole, our growth as a nation continues to be rapid beyond example; if to the States which compose it, the...

James Monroe – State of the Union – December 2, 1823

James Monroe – State of the Union – December 2, 1823

Oct 18, 2012

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: Many important subjects will claim your attention during the present session, of which I shall endeavor to give, in aid of your deliberations, a just idea in this communication. I undertake this duty with diffidence, from the vast extent of the interests on which I have to treat and of their great...

James Monroe – State of the Union – December 3, 1822

James Monroe – State of the Union – December 3, 1822

Oct 18, 2012

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: Many causes unite to make your present meeting peculiarly interesting to out constituents. The operation of our laws on the various subjects to which they apply, with the amendments which they occasionally require, imposes annually an important duty on the representatives of a free people. Our system...

James Monroe – State of the Union – December 3, 1821

James Monroe – State of the Union – December 3, 1821

Oct 18, 2012

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: The progress of our affairs since the last session has been such as may justly be claimed and expected under a Government deriving all its powers from an enlightened people, and under laws formed by their representatives, on great consideration, for the sole purpose of promoting the welfare and...

James Monroe – State of the Union – November 14, 1820

James Monroe – State of the Union – November 14, 1820

Oct 18, 2012

Fellow-Citizens of the Senate and House of Representatives: In communicating to you a just view of public affairs at the commencement of your present labors, I do it with great satisfaction, because, taking all circumstances into consideration which claim attention, I see much cause to rejoice in the felicity of our situation. In making this remark I do not...