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    John Randolph 1805 Autograph Letter Signed Signed, "John Randolph," one page, 7" x 8.5". Bizarre, November 23, 1805. To Caesar Augustus Rodney, Philadelphia. In full: "Mr Holcombe, a neighbor of mine, having some legal business to transact in Philadelphia, I beg leave to recommend him to you. Should it be out of your immediate line of practice, be so good as to put it into such hands as you deem proper. Yours truly." Lightly soiled. Vertical fold crosses "o" of "Randolph." Pencil note (unknown hand) in upper left. Accompanied by 8.5" x 7.25" paper folded to serve as an envelope, addressed in Randolph's hand to Rodney. Folds. Lightly soiled. Remnant of wax seal at bottom center; paper loss (1" x .5") at top center. Otherwise, fine condition. John Randolph of Roanoke, Virginia was a cousin of Chief Justice John Marshall and claimed descent from Indian princess Pocahontas. When his brother, called Richard Randolph of Bizarre (1770-1796) died, John then managed his brother's plantation, named Bizarre. There is no record of why the plantation was called "Bizarre," but it probably came from the French word "bizarre" from the Spanish "bizarro," which meant gallant or brave. He served in the House several terms. He also served in the U.S. Senate as a Jacksonian, and as Minister to Russia. A strong advocate of states' rights, he denied the right of the federal government to regulate slavery. However, his will freed all his 318 slaves and arranged to purchase land for them in free states. He also arranged to be buried facing west so that he could keep his eye on his old enemy, Henry Clay. Caesar Augustus Rodney (1772-1824), son and namesake of a signer of the Declaration of Independence, represented Delaware in the U.S. House of Representatives (1803-1805) and Senate (1822-1823). U.S. Attorney General (1807-1811) under Presidents Thomas Jefferson and James Madison, and served in the War of 1812 and as Minister to Argentina (1823-1824). Two items. Accompanied by COA from PSA/DNA.

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