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MS Am 1306

Rodney, C. A. (Caesar Augustus), 1772-1824. C. A. Rodney papers, 1812-1849: Guide.

Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University


Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138 USA

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Descriptive Summary

Location: f
Call No.: MS Am 1306
Repository: Houghton Library, Harvard Library, Harvard University
Creator: Rodney, C. A. (Caesar Augustus), 1772-1824.
Title: C. A. Rodney papers,
Date(s): 1812-1849.
Quantity: 1 collection (.1 linear feet (1 volume)
Language of materials: Collection materials are in English and Spanish.
Abstract: Papers of the American lawyer, legislator, and diplomat C. A. Rodney relating to his service in Argentina.

Immediate Source of Acquisition:

No accession number. Gift of Charles Lyon Chandler; received: 1922 March 4. Recataloged from SA 5102.2.

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Processed by: Michael W. Austin

Conditions Governing Access:

There are no restrictions on physical access to this material.

Preferred Citation for Publication:

C. A. Rodney Papers, 1812-1849 (MS Am 1306). Houghton Library, Harvard University.

Biographical / Historical

Following one term in the House of Representatives for his native state of Delaware, Rodney was appointed U. S. attorney general by President Jefferson and continued in that office for three years under President Madison, during which time he served on the prosecution in the trial of former Vice-president Aaron Burr for treason. He briefly returned to the Delaware state legislature, then was again elected Congressional representative and later senator. He resigned from the Senate upon his appointment to the South American Commission of 1817-1818, which was charged by President Monroe with determining whether the newly independent republics of South America should be recognized by the U. S. government. Rodney was a strong advocate of recognition, and his influence on policy helped shape the Monroe Doctrine. Based on his work for the Commission, Rodney was named minister plenipotentiary for the United Provinces of the Plate, later Argentina, in 1823 and served until his death a year later.


Arranged as bound in volume.

Scope and Contents

Consists of 1 bound volume of diary entries, letter, and report generated by C. A. Rodney in his capacity as minister plenipotentiary to Argentina. Also includes the following: translations of letters originally written in Spanish by José Manuel de Goyeneche and Juan Martín de Pueyrredón; letter in Spanish from Bernardino Rivadavia to Rodney; letter from Joseph Olivier to Thomas M. Rodney.

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