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Letter from Lafayette to Monroe regarding what was to become the "Monroe Doctrine." January 11, 1824.
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"My dear Sir,
Your admirable message has appeared on this side of the Atlantic as a lesson of political civilization for the nations of Europe and a caution to their rulers against the antisocial rage which under the profanation of the names of Holiness and friendship equally [actuates?] all their Councils. It has been hailed by every friend of liberty and by none, of course, more than by your old brother soldier who in every concern of the United States feels a patriotic interest and patriotic pride. Whatever be the present situation of the European cause of Rights, and of those among its promoters who do not yield to despotism and aristocracy, it is a great comfort to think that the independance of the American Continent[s?]is now under the protection of our noble stars and stripes and that the heroic [chiefs ? ] of Greece find a due sympathy in the hearts of the people of the U.S."