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Cesar A. Rodney was a lawyer, politician, and diplomat from Delaware. His uncle, also Cesar Rodney, signed the Declaration of Independence. In 1817 he was sent on a special mission to South America by President Monroe to determine the propriety of recognizing the independence of the Spanish-American republics. This letter to his son (a midshipman on the Sloop Ontario) relates to this mission.
Wilmington July 23. 1817. My Dear Son, The information contained in this letter you must on no account communicate to any other person, even the most intimate friend you have. You may expect to see me in New York in ten days or two weeks at far farthest, to embark on board the Ontario, for her present voyage, as I have been appointed by the President [James Monroe] on an important mission. I cannot tell you any thing more on the subject [at this] time. If there be any thing you want from home, let me know, that I may bring it on with me when I come. Let me know whether your crew is complete & whether you have all your stores on board &c &c. Your Affec. father C. A. Rodney P.S. Let me know if this letter
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Rodney, Caesar Augustus, "Caesar Rodney letter to his son John Rodney, dated 1817, Wilmington, Delaware." (1817). Broadus R. Littlejohn, Jr. Manuscript and Ephemera Collection. 139.
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