Wilmington Octob. 1st 1820.
Honored Revered & Dear sir,
I lamented extremely that my time, did not allow me to stay longer with the best of friends, on my late visit to Monticello. I had intended to head home the last of June, instead of July, but was unfortunately prevented by an attack of Lumbago, which confined me to my house for a month nearly. this delay, made the period of my departure approach [. . .] the commencement of our Court of Chancery which began on the 19th of august, and compelled me, most reluctantly to leave your hospitable mansion. for as I am dependent on my profession for my daily bread I am necessarily obliged to devote my attention to it. If health permits I hope next summer to repeat my visit and indeed if it were in my power, I would make an annual pilgrimage to Monticello, to visit my second father.
I have spoken to Mr A[. . .] about your wool-carding machine & he says he will take great pleasure in putting it in complete order, when ever you may send it on. He is a very imperious man, & has been a decided friend in [. . .] times. He is among the more intelligent of our numerous Republican Quakers, in this place.
The M[. . .] Pumpkin seed shall be selected from some of the best melose & shall be sent as soon as they are fit; and indeed any thing of the kind in my power. Did you ever use any of the Paraguay Tea of S. America? Shall I send you a sample, by mail, as your frank will allow me to do it?
Let me recommend to you for employment, as a at your University, Mr Samuel Askew, of this place. He is a most excellent workman & has long been a master carpenter here. He has always done my work & all the public buildings at this place. I then send times he is willing to go to Virginia & to work as low as one dollar & fifty cents per day, in hopes that he will soon recommend himself to something better. In addition to this, he has been politically faithful in the worst of times. I am sure you would be pleased with him, & I should be made justified if he would be usefully employed.
Remember me particularly to Mr & Mrs Randolph & all your family.
C. A. Rodney
P.S. as soon as I can get possession of [. . .]’s letters, related to the [. . .] of my uncle C[. . .] on the question of [. . .] & with [. . .] without delay. I enclose you a letters from Mr Coles from our old friend. A. H. Rowan of Ireland lately from [. . .] to me. I do not know when to [. . .] it to him, agreably to Mr Rowan’s request, & I am very anxious it should reach him in safety.
C. A. R.
DLC: Papers of Thomas Jefferson.