Philada. Novr. 27. 1806.
Honored & Dear Sir
I loose no time in forwarding to you the inclosed, in addition to the one transmitted some days ago. The amount of the Governor of Mexico’s re-inforcement is no doubt magnified very much, for they cannot possibly bring, I should suppose, more than 1500. or 2.000 men into the feild. I am the more anxious to hasten to you the information, as I am just informed, the Federal judge of Kentucky has considered that he has no jurisdiction or authority to bind over Col. Burr. I should conceive no matter in what District any offence may have been committed, any judge of the U.S. is warranted upon proper grounds to secure the Culprit for trial in the regular course. If all be true that is reported, if Burr ventures in the Mississippi Territory, I am convinced he will find a judge superior to his arts, & far beyond intimidation, who will at all hazards arrest his course. If there be patriotism enough to support him, I know he has spirit & energy sufficient for the task. He will face at such a crisis, the despirate in a Court of Justice or in the field of battle. The spirit of 76! is not extinguished in this country. The great body of the people are too firm to be shaken, & tho’ a desperate band of conspirators may possibly, but, I cannot think it, sacrifice the lives of a few good men, they must instantly perish in the treasonable attempt. There is too much patriotism in every quarter, to suffer me to indulge the least apprehension. We shall have force enough & men in abundance. They will spring up in the first moment of tumult, & like the soldiers of Cadmus in complete armour & array, to support the union liberty & independence of these states. In the mean time I am confident that Goverment will act, should the occasion require, with promptness spirit & decision.
I am my Dear Sir Yours Very Siny.
C. A. Rodney
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.