Wilmington Sept. 1. 1806.
Honored & Dear Sir,
Your obliging favor of the 12 uto. I duly received, covering the Petition I had enclosed to you. I have taken the earliest opportunity to obtain the signatures of judge Bedford & our District Attorney Mr. Read, who readily signed the recommendation. I now enclose you the Petition in order that a pardon may be obtained.
Just as I was leaving New Castle yesterday morning a large French frigate came to anchor near the town. As no person had come on shore from her, we could not tell where she was from, or what was her [errant]. She appeared however to have been from off a long cruise & to have suffered in the late storm. With great esteem, I am D. Sir
Yours Very Sincrly
C. A. Rodney
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.