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Burr, Aaron (1756-1836) to [Stephen Row] Bradley

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00496.015 Author/Creator: Burr, Aaron (1756-1836) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 20 August 1792 Pagination: 3 p. : address ; 25 x 20 cm.

Requests Judge Stephen Row Bradley's professional opinion and advice regarding the gubernatorial election of 1792 in which Burr disqualified votes in several counties.

Aaron Burr NewYork 20th. August 1792.

Dear Sir

Upon canvassing the votes for Governor and Lt. Governor taken at the last election in this State some questions arose which were submitted to the consideration of Mr. King and myself - Herewith will be delivered to you the state of the case together with our different opinions - The Persons appointed to canvass the votes rejected the ballots of the Counties of Otsego and Tioga in conformity with my advice; those of Clinton County were also rejected, because in the opinion of the Canvassers there was not proper and satisfactory evidence of the deputation - These decisions, and of course my opinion, have been the subject of some aninadversion in this state and, I am told, in [2] yours also, but no attempt has yet been made to answer the reasons and authorities upon which they are founded. ~ I am nevertheless very desirous of receiving the sentiments of a few of the most eminent Lawyers in different states upon these questions and should be particularly flattered by Yours ~ Let me entreat you to peruse the law and Statement of the case, and to have the goodness to forward me [struck: several of the] your written opinion - several of the most respectable characters in the southern states have done me this favor and I trust you will not refuse me ~
You must consider this as a professional matter the Bearer will pay your demand for your Opinion ~ If I have any claims on the score of friendship they will be abundantly satisfied by your consent to undertake this trouble
I am with great respect and
Your Most Obed.Humbsert

[3] Should you not forward the opinion by the Bearer of this be pleased to send it by post - If you could procure your [struck: Atty] Genl. or any Lawyer of Eminence to add a concurrence with your opinion It would confer an additional obligation - You will retain the laws for your own use ~

[address leaf]
Mr Burr
NORTHAMPTON. September 28th.. 92 8 Cts
Postage PAID
The Honle
Mr. Bradley

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