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VICE PRESIDENT AARON BURR - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 11/23/1795 - HFSID 278468

 

AARON BURR
The American politician handwrote, signed, and dated this letter while he was United States Senator from New York. In it, he writes about a land deal gone awry.
Autograph letter signed "Aaron Burr". 2 pages, 8x9¾, 1 sheet front and verso. New York, November 23, 1795. In part: "Sir: The delay which has taken place in the discharge of your notes is very distressing to me, & the more so from Your delicacy on the occasion. Mr. Russell's Contract was a resource which I had reason to rely on & his failure to fulfil it I believe as little expected by him as by you or me. It is some satis-faction to me however that the note which you transferred & which appears to be a principal source of your uneasiness, will not be troublesome to you. That Gentleman has written to me that he will wait my convenience. Upon the first news of Russell's inability to fulfil, punctually, his contract, I wrote to my friend in Connecticut to urge a sale of the Tract bought of you, & have reason to believe that he will succeed in accomplishing it. Some embarrassment will arise from the undivided share of 5000 which you still hold, in case an agreement would be made for the Sale of the whole 80,000. I request therefore that you will either authorize me to sell your 5m as we may sell our own-or agree agree [sic], in case of a Sale to let your Share go in, at the terms of the original contract between you & us… The Price we expect is two Dollars-the purchase if made will be with a View to Settlement in the Spring - Payment uncertain…" This letter was written while Burr was a United States Senator representing New York. 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 toned, stained and creased. Several words in letter are faded or smeared. Random ink stains. Torn along right and left edges. Discolored at bottom edge. Folded twice vertically and five times horizontally. Worn, torn and with pinholes along folds. 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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