15 June 2017
HAMILTON, Alexander – New-York Herald. New York: Michael Burnham, 14 July 1804. No. 265.
Alexander Hamilton’s own newspaper announces Hamilton's death after his infamous duel with Aaron Burr: “We stop the press to announce the melancholy tidings that General Hamilton is dead!” The New-York Herald was a weekly paper which spun off of the daily Evening Post. The page with news of the death was printed in mourning borders and includes diverse eulogies and accounts. News of the Burr-Hamilton duel in one of Alexander Hamilton’s own newspapers is exceedingly rare. In one of history’s great tragic ironies, Hamilton’s son Philip dueled in the same spot and his mortal wound was attended by the same doctor, less than three years earlier (see lot 265).
Four pages, folio (525 x 358mm). (Leaves separated, modest toning.) Provenance: General C. Huntington (subscriber's name).
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