Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Caesar Augustus Rodney, 21 April 1807

Wilmington April 21. 1807.

Honored & Dear Sir,

The enclosed were forwarded to me by Dr. Tucker from Washington, & found me at this place, which I leave this morning for Philada. They are the only letters I have received from my father since that of the 26th. of Jany last. It appears that Genl. Eaton’s deposition did not reach Washington (Miss. Tery) the medium of the news papers until about the 4th. of march. My father is mistaken on the subject of a marshall & District Attorney for whose appointment [. . . .] from the law makes no provision. It is true we ought to have a Court & officers in every Territory to execute the laws of the Union.

Mr. Madison has transmitted me the paper sent on to yourself, signed by Messrs. Clark & Mead & Mr. Farrelly. You may recollect I read you a letter on the same subject [. . . .]ly received by me from Mr. Farrelly before you left Washington. I immediately wrote on to Mr. Dallas apprizing him of Whites’ being bound over & enclosed him an authentic copy of the depositions in the case of Bollman & Swartout, in order to enable him to procure time to have the offender indicted. I also enclosed Mr. Dallas a blank subpena for the purpose of inserting in it, the names of any witnesses who might come down on Whites business that would be material against Burr, with directions to have them summoned to attend at Richmond on the 22d of May. This I shall see attended to on my arrival at Philada. this afternoon.

Mr. Farrelly & the judges are mistaken as to witnesses fees. They are allowed by law five cents per miles going to, & the same returning from Court, & a dollar & a quarter for each days attendance. I find the Opponents of the administration every where disposed to prop the sinking cause of Burr.

I am Dear Sir Yours Most Sincerely

C. A. Rodney

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