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Thomas Jefferson to Caesar A. Rodney, 30 May 1810

To Caesar A. Rodney

Monticello May 30. 10.

Dear Sir

In the action brought against me by E. Livingston on the Subject of the Batture, the counsel employed (Wirt & Hay) desire me without delay to furnish them with the grounds of defence, that they may know what pleas to put in. I believe you did not give me a written opinion; but you did furnish one to Congress. besides it’s authority, I am sure that the views it will present, will be of great utility to us in taking our ground of defence. will you be so kind as to send me a copy of it. be assured that I am ever affectionately Your’s.

Th: Jefferson

RC (DeHi: H. F. Brown Collection); addressed: “Caesar A. Rodney esq. Atty Genl of the US. <Washington> Wilmington”; franked and postmarked. PoC (DLC); endorsed by TJ.

Rodney presented his written opinion to the United States House of Representatives on 12 June 1809 (ASP description begins American State Papers: Documents, Legislative and Executive, of the Congress of the United States, 1832–61, 38 vols. description ends , Public Lands, 2:1).

Index Entries

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  • Hay, George; consults with TJ on batture case search
  • House of Representatives, U.S.; and batture controversy search
  • Rodney, Caesar Augustus; and batture controversy search
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  • Wirt, William; consults with TJ on batture case search