The Monroe Letter
This is an image from the Photostat Margaret Brigman Merritt received in 1956. It is made directly from the original letter before that letter was ordered removed from the courthouse records. The image shown below is not as clear as the Photostat but it is good enough to study the formatting and writing style so you can judge for yourself whether this looks like other writing you have seen from the 1861 time period. I show this because I would rather you make up your mind yourself rather than have to take my word for the problems associated with this letter.