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Lot #179
Aaron Burr

“Very much occupied by public business”

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“Very much occupied by public business”

Revolutionary War soldier, lawyer, senator, and vice president under Jefferson (1756–1836), probably best known for mortally wounding Alexander Hamilton in a duel on July 11, 1804. ALS signed “A. Burr,” one page, 8 x 10, March 7, 1794. Burr, then a senator, writes to an unknown recipient [evidently an acquaintance by the name of Van Horne]. In part: “I have written to you as frequently as during the first few weeks of my residence here—for the last month I have been very much occupied by public business. You will need no other proof of it when I tell you that near twenty unanswered letters are now on my desk—not one of yours among them…. I have not even been to the theater except about one hour, & then it was more an errand of business than amusement. Poor Tom! I hope you take good care of him. If he is confined by his leg &c he must pay the greater attention to his reading & writing. I shall run off to see you about Sunday or Monday—but the roads are so extreme bad, that I expect to be three days getting through. I will bring with me cherry sweetmeats & something for Augusta Louisa Matilda Theodosia Van Horne—I believe I have not recollected all her names….” In good condition, with intersecting mailing folds (a few edge separations, some tape-repaired from reverse) wrinkling, a few stains, and three small holes near but not touching signature. The writing is clear and dark throughout. R&R COA.

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  • Dates: #330 - Ended February 13, 2008