Thomas Jefferson Papers

Caesar A. Rodney to Thomas Jefferson, 24 February 1821

From Caesar A. Rodney

Wilmington Feby 24th 1821.

Honored, Revered & Dear Sir,

I have lately recovered from a severe attack of fever, which confined me to my bed for ten days; & I propose to visit Philada, tomorrow, where I shall see my old friend S. Gerard, & procure from him some of the genuine Maldonado Pumpkin seed, for yourself. I prefer his, because he has taken more pains in the cultivation of this fine vegetable, & has kept it far separated from any other of the same species. He has preserved an ample supply for you, particularly. I presume I may transmit a sufficient quantity, within your Frank, by mail, & with your permission, will enclose you some for our mutual friend Genl Cocke, to whom I must beg the favor of you to transmit to the proper Post-Office, with the necessary directions, the enclosed letter. I would not give you this trouble, but I do not recollect the office to which to direct it; and tho’ I took a Memorm of it, by accident, I have mis-laid it.

We have lost our amiable and estimable friend Mr Burwell, and I sincerely sympathise, with you, on the melancholy event, which I am sure you must feel very sensibly. I had expected to meet him, next winter, in Congress, to which the people have spontaneously elected me, tho’ much against my own wishes. I shall go there, with more reluctance, than when at your earnest solicitation, I consented to serve, to support you & your administration. My numerous & still increasing family now require all my time & exertions.

With every sentiment of respect, affection & gratitude

Yours Most Sincerely & Truly

C. A. Rodney

P.S. If you have not the Green Asparagus I can send you some of the seed. I think my bed produces the finest I ever saw.

RC (DLC); endorsed by TJ as received 8 Mar. 1821 and so recorded in SJL. Enclosure: Rodney to John H. Cocke, Wilmington, 24 Feb. 1821, enclosing a catalogue of William Gibbons’s fruit trees, suggesting that Cocke order from it in autumn, and proposing to add some specimens from his own farm; offering to send him some of his early beans next spring; informing him that if TJ agrees he will send Cocke some seeds of the green asparagus and maldonado pumpkin under TJ’s frank; and advising him of the illness of “Our poor friend Sinclair” (RC in ViU: JHC; addressed: “Genl J. H. Cocke Virginia,” with “New Canton” interlined in an unidentified hand; stamped; postmarked Milton, 13 Mar.; endorsed by Cocke).

s. gerard: Stephen Girard.

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