To James Monroe August 16, 1794
From the original letter at the Library of Congress.
Luxemburg - 29th Thermidor
My Dear Sir
As I believe none of the public papers have announced your name right I am unable to address you by it - but a new minister from America is joy to me and will be so to every American in France.
Eight months I have been imprisoned, and I know not for what, except that the order says - that I am a Foreigner - The Illness I have suffered in this place (and from which I am but just recovering) had nearly put an end to my existence - My life is but of little value to me in this situation tho I have borne it with a firmness of Patience and fortitude.
I enclose you a Copy of a letter (as well the translations as the English) - which I sent to the Convention after the fall of the Monster, Robespierre - for I was determined not to write a line during the time of his detestable influence; I sent also a copy to the Comite of public safety - but I have not heard any thing respecting it -
I have now no expectation of delivery but by your means - Morris has been my inveterate enemy, and I think he has permitted something of the national character of America to suffer by quietly letting a Citizen of that Country remain almost eight months in prison without making every official exertion to procure him justice - for every act of Violence offered to a foreigner is offered also to the Nation to which he belongs -
The gentleman who will present you this, has been very friendly to me - Wishing you happiness in your appointment - I am your affectionate Friend & Hble s.
THOMAS PAINE —