Wilmington Aug. 12. 1807.
Honored & Dr. Sir,
I enclose you a draught of a cavern lately discovered in Virginia. It was sent to me by Dr. William Boys of Staunton with a request that I would present it to you. Dr. Boys graduated with me. He was formerly of Penna. where the family all remain except himself. They were all whigs, but Dr. Boys married a Miss St. Clair of Staunton Virginia, whose father was a tory & who has for some time governed his son in law, but I hope my old class-mate has regained his former path. He writes to me that Staunton furnishes three volunteer companies. Virginia seems to set a worthy example to her younger sisters.
Mr. McCrae has just written to me that the Counsel for the United States will not proceed with the trial of Burr until all the material witnesses arrive. This is perfectly correct.
A friend from Richmond has suggested the propriety of a proclamation for the apprehension of Dayton, as he has not surrendered himself & is not to be found.
I see in a paper of to day (the Baltimore Evening Post) new orders for the Capture of vessels bound from one port to another, to which Britain is not allowed to trade, by France & her allies. They are dated the 22d. of May.
Yours Very Sincerly & affecy.
C. A. Rodney
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.