He signs a handwritten 1821 letter to Martha Bradstreet, a friend and legal client, confessing that he must ask a legal question in writing because her presence "utterly expels from my memory Mr. Bain & his interrogations." ALS: "A Burr", 1 page, 8x10. No place, May 9, no year (but pencil note in unknown hand: "1821"). To Martha Bradstreet. Docketed on integral leaf on verso (unknown hand).
In full: "Your good friend, Mr. Bain, has called three days successively to learn through me whether you were disposed to settle & on what terms. To these enquiries I had promised to procure answers; but so often as I see you, all those ideas which presence inspires & those themes which happen to be the immediate topic utterly expel from my memory Mr. Bain & his interrogations. I now charge it on your recollection to introduce the subject, if such shall be your pleasure. I feel some solicitude to know the progress of your preparations for the proposed expedition. Has Mr. Johnson escaped with impunity after all his indiscretions? Yr devoted friend I am."
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) had served as U.S. Senator from New York (1791-1797) and Vice President of the U.S. (1801-1805). Burr, who killed his political adversary, Alexander Hamilton, in a duel in 1804, was later acquitted in a trial for treason, charged with plotting to establish an independent nation in Western territories of the U.S. Slightly toned. Lightly creased and soiled. Folds. Pencil note (unknown hand) at upper left. Slight circular...
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