7 December 2015
BURR, Aaron (1756-1836), Vice-president, duelist. Partly printed document signed (“A. Burr”), New York, 20 August 1800. 1 page, oblong 8vo (2 ¾ x 7 3/8in.), decorative border, cancellation cut, some spotting, vertical ink stroke at center.
A BURR CHECK FROM THE SAME YEAR AS HIS HISTORIC BID FOR THE PRESIDENCY. He pays John Batchelor $31.43, drawn on the Manhattan Company, of which Burr was a director. The seeds of ill-will between Burr and Hamilton were sown during this 1800-1801 election crisis. When the vote was thrown into the House of representatives, Hamilton made clear his preference for his political rival Jefferson over a fellow Federalist whom he deemed untrustworthy and unfit to be President.
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