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Burr, Aaron (1756-1836) to unknown

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03623 Author/Creator: Burr, Aaron (1756-1836) Place Written: Washington, D. C. Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 30 December 1804 Pagination: 1 p. ; 25 x 20 cm

Summary of Content: States that it is impossible for him to testify in a trial in Hartford, Connecticut on 2 March 1805. Remarks that he believes it unlikely that the court will not accommodate his time restraints as he is serving a public duty. Asks that if the trial has to be heard, the recipient must draw up and send him an affidavit so that he can sign it.

Background Information: Burr was vice president at the time.

Full Transcript: Washington 30 Dec. 04 -

The impossibility of my attendance at Hartford on the 2 March must have occurred to you - It is scarcely credible that any Court would be so unreasonable ...as to refuse time to one engaged in the discharge of a public duty - If however the trial must then preremptorily be heard, you must send me such affidavit as may be proper and useful - this you can draw up from the papers in you possession - Let it be copied in a legible fair hand properly folded and addressed to the Court so that I shall have only to make the affidt & seal it up -
Granger sais you will be here in a few days - which I do not credit, having heard nothing from you - He sais also that you will be named one of the Comr. under the fr. Treaty - I did not inquire his Authority nor have I any other than his opinion - I heard whether you were atty Genl - an office which will become vacant tomorrow, by the resignation of Lincoln -
Your affec A.Burr
my law library is almost broken up by lending -
what remains is always at your Command -
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People: Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Vice PresidentGovernment and CivicsLaw

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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