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VICE PRESIDENT AARON BURR - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 04/24/1788 - HFSID 265089

 

AARON BURR
In this handwritten and signed letter to his aunt, the United States politician who killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel writes to his aunt and sends her some money
Autograph Letter Signed: "A. Burr", 1p, 7½x9. April 24, 1788. To his aunt, Mary Clarke. Begins: "Dear Aunt". In full: "I send you by Carlos fourteen pounds. It would mortify me to believe that you had any disagreeable feelings in asking of me this or any other thing in my power." With integral address leaf by Burr: "Mrs. Mary Clarke/Chelsea." Carlos was Burr's personal slave. When the Continental Army moved from Boston to New York in spring 1776, Mary Clarke welcomed its officers to her home in Chelsea, Manhattan, including Major Aaron Burr. Theodosia Prevost, wife of British Lieutenant Colonel James Prevost was Mary Clarke's niece. Prevost died in late 1781 in the West Indies and Burr married Theodosia in 1782. Aaron Burr (1756-1836, born in Newark, New Jersey), who had been admitted to the bar in 1782 following service in the American Revolution, moved to New York City in 1783. He served in the New York State Assembly from 1784-1785 (again from 1798-1799) and as New York Attorney General (1789-1790). In 1790, Burr was elected U.S. Senator from New York, defeating incumbent Senator Philip Schuyler, the father-in-law of Alexander Hamilton. This resulted in the beginning of a feud between the two American leaders that persisted for many years. In 1799, he chartered the Manhattan Company, which formed to bring water into the city. Its charter was broad enough to permit excess funds to be invested in banking. It failed as a water company but, as a bank, soon rivaled the Bank of New York in both financial and political importance. The Bank of The Manhattan Company, later Chase Manhattan, is today J.P. Morgan Chase. In the November 4, 1800 presidential election, Burr and Thomas Jefferson each had 73 electoral votes. On the 36th ballot, the House of Representatives elected Jefferson President and Burr Vice President. On July 11, 1804, Burr challenged and mortally wounded Alexander Hamilton in a duel fought at Weehawken, N.J. Indicted for murder in New York and New Jersey, Burr was never tried in either state and completed his term as Jefferson's Vice President (1801-1805). While his political career in the new nation's capital ended with this taboo practice, he engaged in a planned exploration, the motivations of which may never be truly known. Accused of attempting to instigate a war between Spain and Mexico, Burr was tried for treason by the Supreme Court and found innocent, with no evidence to directly implicate him. This trial is one of the earliest and best known examples of the separation of powers due to then-President Thomas Jefferson's strong opinion that Burr was guilty and his subsequent pressuring of the Supreme Court to find Burr guilty. Lightly creased with folds, light vertical fold between the "ur" of signature. Lightly stained, stray ink marks at blank areas. Light show through from red wax seal at address leaf at blank mid-left margin. 2¼x1¼-inch portion at blank upper margin missing. Otherwise, fine condition.


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VICE PRESIDENT AARON BURR
Born: February 6, 1756 in Newark, Province of New Jersey (now New Jersey)
Died: September 14, 1836 in Staten Island, New York



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