Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Thomas Rodney, 24 June 1803

From Thomas Rodney

Dover Delaware June 24th. 1803

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 17th. Instant came safe to hand—I return you My thanks for the confidence you are pleased to place in me, and for the friendly politeness with which you Submit a Choice of Offices to my consideration—My own inclination favors an acceptance of the appointmts. proposed but it will be proper for me to Consult the Govr. of Our State and Some Other friends before I can Venture to return a final answer which I shall not delay imbracing the Earliest Opertunity of doing.

It has ever been My disposition to act where I could be most Servicable in preserving the Liberty, and promoting the welfare of the United States, but as the acceptance of any appointment Under the United States will vacate my Seat in the Supreme Court of this State, and as it will be difficult to supply my place I presume both my political and domestic friends will be reluctant to part with me.

Please to accept assurances of my very high respect and Esteem. Your most Obedient

Thomas Rodney

RC (DNA: RG 59, LAR); endorsed by TJ as received 28 June and so recorded in SJL, but as a letter of “21” not “24” June.

vacate my seat: in December 1802, Governor David Hall appointed Rodney a justice of the state supreme court, which carried with it a judgeship on the appeals court (Dwight L. Smith and Ray Swick, eds., A Journey through the West: Thomas Rodney’s 1803 Journal from Delaware to the Mississippi Territory [Athens, Ohio, 1997], 8, 205n).

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