While it may be accurate that the names of James McClure and John Rodmanappear in the papers of Thomas Gillespie,
John Rodman is most certainly
the John Rodman relevant to the letter of 1811. The cited South Carolina Rodman
married Mary Jane Gillespie, the sister of Thomas Gillespie
and died in SouthCarolina in 1832.
The relevant John Rodman was a New York attorney, as I willshow.John Fenno founded and published the
Gazette of the United States
in New York City in 1789, moved to Philadelphia, and after several name changes became the
United States Gazette
It was a Hamiltonian Federalist paper, and Alexander Hamilton contributed financial assistance and articles under various pseudonyms.
James Madison and Thomas Jefferson urged Philip Freneau to found the
an opposing paper also in Philadelphia.John Rodman (the relevant one) married Harriet Fenno,
the daughter of JohnFenno.John Rodman returned from France around 1811.
Completely fluent in French,
in 1814 he published his book,
The Commercial Code of France,
translated fromthe French,
with explanatory notes, and a complete analytical index. Rodmanwas the District Attorney for New York County from 1815-1817.
GulianVerplanck, a Congressman from New York, was his brother-in-law.
David BailieWarden was a consul to Paris who was removed by Minister to France Gen. JohnArmstrong in 1810.
Armstrong in turn was replaced in 1810.
Warden had someuseful connections to the likes of Thomas Jefferson, James Madison, and ElizaParke Custis
(granddaughter of Martha Washington). Using his connections,Warden returned to France in 1811.
Warden gave “aid in the personal affairs of New York attorney and merchant John Rodman (1775-1847) during his stay inFrance prior to 1811.”
Following a lengthy visit to France with his daughter, Rodman returned to theUnited States in 1818.
In May 1821, President Monroe appointed Rodman to the position of collector of the port of St. Augustine, Florida.
In 1822, he wrote tohis daughter, “I have had a complete set of the Spanish laws in six large volumessent to me from the Havana. These books I am obliged to study in the original, asthe Spanish laws, in civil causes, are still in force here.”
Rodman left his collector position around 1845 and returned north. He died in New Brunswick, New Jersey in February, 1847.