Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from Caesar Augustus Rodney, 16 June 1807

Wilmington june 16. 1807.

Honored & Dear Sir,

I have this moment received your favor of the 12th. inst: & hasten to transmit you by the mail of this day Genl. Wilkinsons letter of the 21st. of October last recd. by you Novr. 25th. agreeably to your desire. Mr. Hay was only left in possession of such papers as were material, for the part of the prosecution.

I was yesterday gratified with the receipt of a letter from Genl. Wilkinson of the 9th. ulto. in which contrary to the base insinuations of the calumniators of the government, he expresses his satisfaction on being summoned as a witness & promises the utmost promptitude to attend. This a forwarded without loss of time by the return mail of yesterday to Mr. Hay. I was infinitely more rejoiced to day on receiving a letter from Mr. Hay of the 10th. inst: stating the arrival of Wilkinson at Hampton roads & that he would be in Richmond by the 13. inst:

I should have been at Washington before this, having made every necessary arrangement for that purpose, but my eldest son (about 11. years old) has been for a week past, so extremely ill with a spell of the stone, that I have been very reluctantly detained on his account alone. He will take no medicine but from my hands, I trust tomorrow or next day I shall be able to leave him.

I do not perfectly understand Mr. Burr’s counsel when they hold out the idea of resorting to judicial process to obtain possession of confidential communications made to the Chief Magistrate. It appears to me as if they relied on the general hostility of the judiciary to the administration, to accomplish the most novel & extraordinary objects. Heaven grant they may be disappointed.

Yours Most Sincerely & Affecy

C. A. Rodney

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