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Burr, Aaron (1756-1836) to Joseph Alston

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01523 Author/Creator: Burr, Aaron (1756-1836) Place Written: New York, New York Type: Autograph letter Date: circa 13-21 July 1804 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writes in partial cypher to his son-in-law after his duel with Alexander Hamilton. In the text that is not in cypher, Burr states that the jury has adjourned until Monday, 23 July, and that the results will determine whether or not he flees. He indicates that there is sentiment against him by Governor DeWitt Clinton and his allies. Thanks him for an earlier letter of support. At the end of the text is "Enclose to Ch. Biddle, Phila." Charles Biddle was a friend of Burr's. The second and third pages are in cypher. Date is from docket. The letter was written no earlier than 13 July 1804 and probably not later than 21 July 1804.

People: Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836.
Alston, Joseph, 1778-1816.
Biddle, Charles, 1745-1821.
Clinton, DeWitt, 1769-1828.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Codes and Signals, Duel, Judiciary, Law, Politics, Criminals and Outlaws, Vice President

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison