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    Caesar Rodney Autograph Letter Signed "Caesar Rodney," one page, 7.5" x 12.25", Dover, December 17, 1780, to his brother, with portion of the integral leaf present, with seal tear, addressed by him to: "Col. Thomas Rodney/Wilmington." In full, "I was yesterday at Mr. William Brown's of this Town and he informed me that he was just then setting out for Philadelphia in John Brinckle's Shallop and upon enquiry this morning find he is gone. I set down to give you this information that you and Mrs Rumford may have an opportunity to call upon him in a place you would wish to answer for the non-performance of his solemn agreement with your House. I hope you and Betsey Rillen got safe to Wilmington and that you found the family well. I intend to set out tomorrow for New Castle and expect to go as far as the Crop-Roads." On July 1, 1776, Caesar Rodney set off on an 80-mile journey from Dover to Philadelphia, arriving just in time to vote for independence, later signing the document. He served in the Continental Congress from 1774-1776. Thomas, 16 years younger than his brother who raised him after their father died, also represented Delaware in the Continental Congress (1781-1782, 1786). The blank lower corners have been torn off and there are folds and a small stain between lines. Minor chipping at margins well away from text, and with the usual mail folds and a few foxing spots.

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