Philada. Septemr. 21. 1806.
Honored & Dear Sir,
I returned you some time since the papers you sent to me in order to get the recommendation of the District judge & Attorney which I obtained. But I directed my letter to Washington, & I see by the papers that the Secy at War is on a visit to you at Monticello. The rule you have adopted, I think an excellent one in such cases, & as I have been enabled to conform to it, I anticipate your exercise of the responsible power of remission, in favor of the unfortunate objects, when you arrive at the seat of Government.
I hope a peace in Europe will not essentially affect us, tho’ I have my doubts & apprehensions on the subject. If we have any difficulty, I do trust every honest Republican will rally round the standard of Government. If you could consent to serve another term, it would heal our afflicting dissentions. With esteem & respect Yours Very Sincerely
C. A. Rodney
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.