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Caesar Rodney
A Gentleman as Well as a Whig A Gentleman as Well as a Whig: Caesar Rodney and the American Revolution by Jane Harrington Scott
"I arrived in Congress (tho detained by Thunder and Rain) in time enough to give my voice to the matter of Independence." So wrote Caesar Rodney about his famous midnight journey to cast Delawares historic vote. How this gentle and conservative man, who had always thought of himself as an Englishman loyal to the Crown, evolved into one of Delawares most determined supporters of the Revolution is a fascinating story.
A Journey Through the West: Thomas Rodney's 1803 Journal from Delaware to the Mississippi Territory A Journey Through the West: Thomas Rodney's 1803 Journal from Delaware to the Mississippi Territory by Thomas Rodney, edited by Dwight L. Smith and Ray Swick In A Journey through the West, Thomas Rodney writes about flea-infested taverns, bad roads, drunken crew members, squatters, Indians, sodden berths, food from the wild, and treacherous waters. His is one of the most detailed early-nineteenth-century travel accounts. Rodney, a Revolutionary War patriot and veteran, had been active in Delaware politics and had served in the Continental Congress. In 1803, President Thomas Jefferson appointed him as a land commissioner and a territorial judge in the newly formed Mississippi territory. Rodney kept a precise journal and sent letters to President Jefferson documenting his trek from the settled East through the barely charted paths of the western wilderness. He hobnobbed with Meriwether Lewis, enjoyed the hospitality of Harman Blennerhassett, and received a tour of Cincinnati from Arthur St. Clair. Dwight Smith and Ray Swick have compiled, edited, and annotated Rodney's story to present it in complete form for the first time.

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