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Burr, Aaron (1756-1836) to Jonathan Rhea

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01544 Author/Creator: Burr, Aaron (1756-1836) Place Written: Richmond, Virginia Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 25 July 1807 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: States that he is writing reluctantly to ask his attention to a matter concerning the plans for defense at his treason trial. States that George Morgan and his sons John and Thomas of Princeton, New Jersey have sworn before the grand jury about conversations that did not take place. Discusses plans to discredit their character and mentions three men in Princeton who might be willing to do this; Daniel Agnew, John Hamilton, and William Hight. Implores Rhea to procure men of a higher character to testify on the bad credit of the Morgans. Conveys that if Rhea is reluctant to do this, he may throw this letter in the fire. In the postscript, he asks what has become of his indictment in New Jersey. Addressed to Colonel Rhea at Trenton, New Jersey.

People: Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836.
Rhea, Jonathan, 1754-1815.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Law, Treason, Government and Civics, Corruption and Scandal, Vice President

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison