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Invitation to two prominent Americans who were closely associated with Thomas Jefferson.
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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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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