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VICE PRESIDENT AARON BURR - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 8/20 - HFSID 266384

 

AARON BURR
In this signed handwritten letter, the lawyer who held some of the highest political offices in the United States encourages his client, Marth Bradstreet, to go to New York
Autograph Letter Signed: "A. Burr", 1¼p, 4¾x7¾. August 20, Thursday morning. Addressed by Burr on integral leaf and sent to: "Mrs. [Martha] Bradstreet, York-House". In full: "Mr Griffin had the goodness to call on me last evening to confer on your affairs-He communicated to me the proposal which, he informed me, he had made to you of going to N.Y. to have a personal interview with Mr. E. I do very highly approve of this suggestion & recommend to you to avail yourself of his overture which I consider eminently liberal & judicious -I write this because it will not probably be in my power to call on you this morning-When we shall meet, I will amuse you with a discovery made by Mr. G. (respecting certain Bills of Costs) which had altogether escaped me, though I have had ten times more opportunity that he has, to have made it-I will see you immediately after dinner-Send, by the bearer of this, my papers, if done, if not, send them to the Court by the little Dwight." Martha Bradstreet (1780-1871), the granddaughter of General John Bradstreet of French and Indian War fame, was a long-time friend and client of Burr. Martha, an early feminist, divorced Matthew Codd in 1817 and had her name changed back to Bradstreet by an Act of Congress. This Act was sponsored and pushed by Burr, who still had some political influence. 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, New Jersey. 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. Leaf shows seal remnant, shaded folds, indelible penciled "x" (unknown hand). Lightly creased with folds, light horizontal fold at signature. Heavily penned, show through of ink (all legible). 1¾x½-inch tear mid-left blank margin from removal of wax seal (remnant at blank area at mid-vertical fold). Nicked at blank right edge of first page. 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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