6 February 1806
The delays which have already been experienced in the decision of the Commissioners & closing of their business have been much beyond what could have been expected & have proven injurious by preventing the usual sales, and in the mean while encouraging intrusions. It is high time that they should put an end to their sittings & as the age & judiciary avocations of Judge Rodney will not permit the board to sit permanently during Govr. William’s absence, I think it would be inconvenient to permit him to be absent, particularly as he has already, & without previous leave, been absent once before for eight or nine months. If he is told that he must not leave the territory till that Land business is done, it will probably hasten a conclusion.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.