I propose leaving town for a few days

August 16, 2009

Aaron Burr, born in Newark, tied with Jefferson for the presidency in 1800, tried for treason, but best-known for shooting founding father, Alexander Hamilton in the Heights of Weehauken, New Jersey in a duel on July 11, 1804.  Burr wrote the letter reproduced here on July 14.

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The Burr-Hamilton duel followed poorly received comments made at a dinner party–and of course published in the Albany Register as reported by an upcountry clergyman. More on the dueler’s pistols and intentions here.

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