Autograph Letter signed: "A ", front and verso, 9½x8, including integral address panel. Docketed. No place, June 23, no year. To Martha Bradstreet.
In full: "I pray to be informed where you resided in the year 1786. Who was then your guardian and how appointed. Whether by the Chancellor or Whether such guardian was without formal appointment, a mere friendly protector. I shall have all your papers in a Sealed parcel, in the care of my Landlady Mrs. Jenkins. 'Tis better that you call for them than that they run the risk of another transportation by my snub-nosed boy. The Commencement & termination of your letters reproach me. I would rather that you would imitate me in this humble particular. 'Twould save time & ink & we should understand each other just as well."
Martha BRADSTREET was the step grand-daughter of British General John Bradstreet. In the 1820s she retained Aaron Burr, recently returned from self-imposed exile in Europe, to try to recover properties in upstate New York granted General Bradstreet by the British Crown for his service in the French and Indian War, but confiscated during the American Revolution. Aaron BURR (1756-1836) was a U.S. Senator from New York (1791-1797) and third Vice President of the United States (1801-1805). Because the U.S. Constitution prior to the Twelfth Amendment (1804) did not distinguish between Electoral Votes for President and Vice President, Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr tied for the Presidency in the Electoral College tally of 1800. It took 36 votes in the House of Representatives to elect Jefferson, after opposition Federalists in that body followed Alexander Hamilton's advice to vote, not so much for Jefferson as against Burr. Burr killed Hamilton in an infamous duel (July 11, 1804) and was later acquitted in a trial for treason, charged with plotting to establish an independent nation in...
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