Invitation to two prominent Americans who were closely associated with Thomas
Third Person ALS: "Mr. Burr", 1p, 5x8. No place (probably New York
City), no year (probably 1797), Monday, July 17. In full:
"Mr. Burr requests the favor of Dr Mitchill's Company at dinner Tomorrow
(Tuesday) at 4 oClock. He will meet P. Edwards of N Haven." Interestingly,
politics, treason and Thomas Jefferson linked these men together. BURR
served as U.S. Senator from New York (1791-1797) and Vice President during
Jefferson's first term (1801-1805). DR. SAMUEL L. MITCHILL, professor of
natural history, chemistry and agriculture at Columbia College in New York City
(1792-1801), was U.S. Congressman (1801-04, 1810-13) and U.S. Senator (1804-09).
He had great admiration for Jefferson and corresponded with Jefferson regarding
scientific matters. PIERREPONT EDWARDS, son of theologian Jonathan
Edwards, served in the Revolutionary War, was a member of the Continental
Congress (1787-88) and was a staunch supporter of the U.S. Constitution. He was
the founder of the Toleration Party in Connecticut. A prominent attorney,
Edwards administered the estate of Benedict Arnold at the time of his treason
and became a leader of the Jeffersonian Republicans in his state. Appointed
judge of the district court of Connecticut by Jefferson in 1806, Edwards
received national attention for his charge to a grand jury regarding authors and
publishers of libels against the government, calling their actions the most
damaging form of treason. The following year, 1807, his former dinner host,
Aaron Burr, was tried on the charge of treason involving the illegal annexation
of Spanish lands in the southwest and the establishing of a new nation.
Both Mitchill and Edwards united against Burr. Lightly soiled
integral address leaf in Burr's hand: "The Hon'ble/Dr Mitchill".
Fine letter linking three prominent late 18th century U.S. politicians.
Remnant of seal and hole where opened on integral leaf. Partial separation at
fold between second and third lines of letter, vertical fold dividing the letter
from the leaf separated in areas, light ink transference.
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VICE PRESIDENT AARON BURR
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