Thomas Jefferson Papers

From Thomas Jefferson to Caesar A. Rodney, 28 July 1803

To Caesar A. Rodney

Monticello July 28. 1803.

Dear Sir

Your favor of the 22d. finds me here. I have carefully perused the copy of1 the paper addressed to you from Wilmington in July 1801. signed by Messrs. Tilton and others and inclosed to me in your letter: and altho’ I really believe that you presented such an one to me while at Washington, yet I have had so many proofs of the little confidence I ought to place in my memory, surcharged with so much matter daily passing thro’ it, that I do not venture to affirm the fact. the original, if I possess it, has slipped out of it’s place, which, notwithstanding my care in arranging my papers, I have found sometimes to happen by one paper’s slipping into another while lying together on the table; in which case it is found only when I happen to have occasion to turn to the other. in this way the one you desire may still be found, but it is impossible to say when. I should presume however that my testimony could easily be supplied by the declaration of the signers that they addressed such an one to you, & of Govr. Hall who I believe generally called with you while at Washington & probably saw you deliver the paper to me. according to your request I return you your letter & the paper it enclosed. with my affectionate salutations.

Th: Jefferson

RC (William S. Potter, Wilmington, Delaware, 1962); at foot of text: “Caesar A. Rodney esq.” PrC (DLC); endorsed by TJ in ink on verso. Enclosure: Rodney to TJ, 22 July, recorded in SJL as received at Monticello on the 27th, but not found. For the paper enclosed in it, see below.

The July 1801 paper signed by James and Nehemiah tilton and others has not been found. On 30 June 1801, James Tilton wrote TJ that he and others had prevailed upon Rodney “to make a visit to Washing: for the express purpose of representing the true interest of republicanism in Delaware” (Vol. 34:487-8, 612-13). For the controversy over the delivery of the paper, see Rodney to TJ, 7 July.

1Preceding three words interlined.

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