The life of Aaron Burr, Volume 4

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Wiley & Long, 1835 - United States - 290 pages
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Page 91 - General Hamilton and Judge Kent have declared in substance, that they looked upon Mr; Burr to be a dangerous man, and one who ought not to be trusted with the reins of government.
Page 101 - He then asked if they were prepared ; being answered in the affirmative, he gave the word present, as had been agreed on, and both parties presented and fired in succession. The intervening time is not expressed, as the seconds do not precisely agree on that point. The fire of Colonel Burr took effect, and General Hamilton almost instantly fell. Colonel Burr...
Page 269 - 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 93 - 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 159 - 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 95 - 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 143 - ... 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 97 - 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 101 - They then proceeded to load the pistols in each other's presence, after which the parties took their stations. — The gentleman who was to give the word, then explained to the parties the rules which were to govern them in firing, which were as follows : — " The parties being placed at their stations, the second who gives the word shall ask them whether they are ready ? being answered in the affirmative, he shall say, present, after this the parties shall present and fire when they please.
Page 179 - While I must congratulate you, my dear sir, on the issue, of this contest, because it is more honourable, and, doubtless, more grateful to you than any station within the competence of the chief magistrate, yet, for myself, and for the substantial service of the public, I feel most sensibly the loss we sustain of your aid in our new administration.

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