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Burr, Aaron (1756-1836) to Robert Williams

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01524 Author/Creator: Burr, Aaron (1756-1836) Place Written: Bayou Pierre, Mississippi Type: Autograph letter signed Date: [ 07 February - 18 February ] 1807 circa Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Writes about his trial for conspiracy against the United States. States that the vindictive temper and conduct of Judge Thomas Rodney have induced him to withdraw from public view. Remarks that he will continue to submit to civil authority as long as he is assured he will be treated with the same rights as other citizens. Wants to be informed of the arrest charges and bail. Requests assurance that he will not be sent out of the territory or subjected to any military authority. Note on address leaf signed by Caesar A. Rodney and dated 9 June 1811 reads, "a base calumny by a traitor to his country. A villian's censure is untasted poison." Date and place writ inferred from content.

People: Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836.
Williams, Robert, 1773-1836.
Rodney, C. A. (Caesar Augustus), 1772-1824.
Rodney, Thomas, 1744-1811.

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Duel, Vice President, Law, Judiciary, Politics, Civil Rights, Criminals and Outlaws, Military History, Military Law, Treason, Corruption and Scandal

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison