Aaron Burr: His Personal and Political Relations with Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton

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M. Cullaton & Company, 1902 - Treason - 381 pages
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Page 327 - Blannerhassett's character, that on his arrival in America, he retired even from the population of the Atlantic States, and sought quiet and solitude in the bosom of our western forests. But he carried with him taste and science and wealth ; and lo, the desert smiled...
Page 255 - Yet I fear such a paper would find few subscribers. It is a melancholy truth that a suppression of the press could not more completely deprive the nation of its benefits than is done by its abandoned prostitution to falsehood. Nothing can now be believed which is seen in a newspaper. Truth itself becomes suspicious by being put into that polluted vehicle.
Page 134 - I forbear further comment on the embarrassment to which the requisition you have made naturally leads. The occasion forbids a more ample illustration, though nothing could be more easy than to pursue it. Repeating that I cannot reconcile it with propriety to make the acknowledgment or denial you desire, I will add, that I deem it inadmissible, on principle, to consent to be interrogated as to the justice of the inferences which may be drawn by others from whatever I have said of a political opponent...
Page 61 - ... scruples of delicacy and propriety, as relative to a common course of things, ought to yield to the extraordinary nature of the crisis. They ought not to hinder the taking of a legal and constitutional step to prevent an atheist in religion and a fanatic in politics from getting possession of the helm of state.
Page 61 - You, sir, know in a great degree the anti-federal party ; but I fear you do not know them as well as I do. It is a composition, indeed, of very incongruous materials ; but all tending to mischief — some of them, to -the OVERTHROW of the GOVERNMENT, by stripping it of its due energies ; others of them, to a REVOLUTION, after the manner of BONAPARTE.
Page 157 - I am indebted to you, my dearest Theodosia, for a very great portion of the happiness which I have enjoyed in this life. You have completely satisfied all that my heart and affections had hoped or even wished. With a little more perseverance, determination, and industry, you will obtain all that my ambition or vanity had fondly imagined. Let your son have occasion to be proud that he had a mother. Adieu. Adieu.
Page 133 - General Hamilton and Judge Kent have declared, in substance, that they look upon Mr. Burr to be a dangerous man, and one who ought not to be trusted with the reins of government...
Page 44 - I will not suffer my retirement to be clouded by the slanders of a man whose history, from the moment at which history can stoop to notice him, is a tissue of machinations against the liberty of the country which has not only received and given him bread, but heaped its honors on his head.
Page 134 - 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 41 - Genet in 1793, when ten thousand people in the streets of Philadelphia, day after day, threatened to drag Washington out of his house, and effect a revolution in the government, or compel it to declare war in favor of the French Revolution, and against England.

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