The Life of Aaron Burr, Volume 4

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Wiley & Long, 1835 - Burr Conspiracy, 1805-1807 - 290 pages
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Page 89 - Hamilton and Judge Kent have declared, in substance, that they looked upon Mr. Burr to be a dangerous man, and one -who aught not to be trusted with the reins of government.
Page 90 - still more despicable," admits of infinite shades, from very light to very dark. How am I to judge of the degree intended ? or how shall I annex any precise idea to language so indefinite ? Between gentlemen, despicable and more despicable are not worth the pains of...
Page 267 - Some time in the latter part of September I received intimations that designs were in agitation in the Western country unlawful and unfriendly to the peace of the Union, and that the prime mover in these was Aaron Burr, heretofore distinguished by the favor of his country.
Page 91 - I stand ready to avow or disavow, promptly and explicitly, any precise or definite opinion which I may be charged with having declared of any gentleman.
Page 157 - I informed Congress at their last session of the enterprises against the public peace which were believed to be in preparation by Aaron Burr and his associates, of the measures taken to defeat them and to bring the offenders to justice.
Page 137 - Shuman, have been placed under a rule to show cause why an attachment should not issue against them for contempt.
Page 93 - June 22, 1804. Sir, — Your first letter, in a style too peremptory, made a demand, in my opinion, unprecedented and unwarrantable. My answer, pointing out the embarrassment, gave you an opportunity to take a less exceptionable course. You have not chosen to do it ; but, by your last letter, received this day, containing expressions indecorous and improper, you have increased the difficulties intrinsically incident to the nature of your application. If by a definite reply...
Page 141 - ... which would be required for his conviction. That fact of itself might be unavailing, but all other facts without it would be insufficient. While that remains concealed within his own bosom, he is safe ; but draw it from thence, and he is exposed to a prosecution. The rule which declares that no man is compellable to accuse himself, would most obviously be infringed, by compelling a witness to disclose a fact of this description. What testimony may be possessed, or is attainable, against any individual,...
Page 95 - This being refused, invites the alternative alluded to in General Hamilton's letter of the 20th. It was required by the position in which the controversy was placed by General Hamilton on Friday* last, and I was immediately furnished with a communication demanding a personal interview. The necessity of this measure has not, in the opinion of Colonel Burr, been diminished by the General's last letter, or any communication which has since been received.
Page 182 - Much has been said, in the course of the argument, on points on which the court feels no inclination to comment particularly, but which may, perhaps, not improperly receive some notice. That this court dares not usurp power is most true. That this court dares not shrink from its duty is not less true.

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