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Hamilton, Alexander (1757-1804) to Harrison Gray Otis

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00496.028 Author/Creator: Hamilton, Alexander (1757-1804) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 23 December 1800 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Hamilton suggests that the Federalists should support Jefferson for President rather than Burr when the tied election goes to the House of Representatives. Hamilton's response is an extended comparison of the two men concluding with the statement: "In a choice of Evils, let them take the least - Jefferson is in my view less dangerous than Burr." Hamilton concludes with comments about relations with France and Britain which responds to Gray's short discussion of the Convention of 1800 with France. Harrison Gray Otis, a leading Boston Federalist, had written to Hamilton on 17 December 1800. Otis asked Hamilton for a private communication on Burr's character since no one among the Federalists knew Burr personally.

People: Hamilton, Alexander, 1757-1804.
Otis, Harrison Gray, 1765-1848.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Election, President Politics, Federalists, Vice President, Congress, Government and Civics, Law, France, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Treaty

Sub Era: The Early Republic The Age of Jefferson & Madison