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15 November 2005
BURR, Aaron (1756-1836), Vice President. Autograph letter signed ("Aaron Burr"), to his sister Sally, Nassau Hall [Princeton], 28 November 1771. 1 page, 8vo, repaired.
ONE OF THE EARLIEST EXTANT BURR LETTERS. Burr is a 15-year old undergraduate at the College of New Jersey (today's Princeton) - and in his third year - when he writes to his sister Sally: "I think it is full time I had received more letters than one from you; & I should be glad if you would write on some subject in your next letter as you proposed. I now expect Mr. Edwards every day & that in his return home he will go through Fairfield, when you may enquire particularly of Mr Polluck who I hear is very bad. Miss Polly Ogden who has lately been here desires a great deal of love to you. Please to remember me as formerly."
Burr tried to enroll in the College even earlier, at age 11. That was precocious even for the 18th century. Two years later the examiners admitted him. There was a strong school tie, to be sure: Burr's father, Aaron Burr (1716-1757) had been the College's second president, after the death of Jonathan Dickinson in 1747. The elder Burr superintended the College's move from Elizabethtown to its new quarters in Princeton, and oversaw the construction of a president's house and a main building, Nassau Hall, from which his son wrote this letter. Burr's father and his mother, Elizabeth Edwards Burr (daughter of Jonathan Edwards), would be dead by 1758, leaving young Burr to be raised by his uncle, Rev. Timothy Edwards - the "Mr Edwards" referred to here. Provenance: Philip D. Sang (sale, Sotheby's, 26 April 1978, lot 61).
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