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VICE PRESIDENT AARON BURR - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 12/06/1791 - HFSID 262315

 

AARON BURR
As a United States Senator, the prominent leader of the young nation the United States of America signed a handwritten letter to his stepson Augustine Prevost regarding some money transactions
Autograph Letter Signed: "A. Burr" as U.S. Senator. Two pages. 8x9½, front and verso. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. December 6, 1791. To his stepson, Augustine Prevost, referred to here as "A. Prevost". In Full: "I received this afternoon your letter of the 2nd Inst. covering an Abstract of a Bond, and a letter to Mr. Phillips which was immediately delivered. I am quite serious in the determination to proceed with your Kaatskill people as I have pointed out in my letter without the last relaxation unless you interpose. Mr. Smith this day left me the enclosed to be forwarded to you-he has directed it to be cut-I would suggest no Amendment or Alteration. I blush at your apologies about the 20/.2. The negociation at the Bank was perfectly right. In case of any embarrassment or if no immediate resource should arrive (for then embarrassment must be even now present) continue to draw on me for fifty Dollars at a time - I can negociate your bond at some date if it should become necessary - but previous to your journey hither, you may draw for a hundred Dollars & if you please immediately on Receipt if this." Augustine Prevost was the son of British General Augustine Prevost and Theodosia Prevost. In 1782 Theodosia, who was ten years older, married Aaron Burr. She died of cancer in 1794. On March 4, 1791, nine months before writing this letter, Burr had become U.S. Senator from New York, having defeated incumbent Senator Philip Schuyler, Revolutionary War General and Secretary of the Treasury Alexander Hamilton's father-in-law. Hamilton never forgave Burr for this defeat--starting a feud that ended in 1804, when then Vice President Burr killed Hamilton in a duel. The bank referred to by Burr was most probably the Bank of New York, founded by Hamilton in 1784. It was the only bank in the city until 1799, when the Manhattan Company was chartered by Burr. 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. Folds do not touch signature. Shaded and soiled at margins from prior mounting. 1-inch separation at blank right horizontal fold (all intact). Two tape repairs touch two words.


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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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