The True Aaron Burr: A Biographical Sketch

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A.S. Barnes, 1902 - 77 pages
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Page 26 - 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 30 - Burr to pause and to reflect. It is not, however, my intention to enter into any explanations on the ground. Apology, from principle, I hope, rather than pride, is out of the question. To those who, with me...
Page 17 - Jefferson; but if such should be the result, every man who knows me ought to know that I would utterly disclaim all competition. Be assured that the Federal party can entertain no wish for such an exchange. As to my friends, they would dishonor my views and insult my feelings, by a suspicion that I would submit to be instrumental in counteracting the wishes and the expectations of the people of the United States. And I now constitute you my proxy to declare these sentiments, if the occasion shall...
Page 27 - Having considered it attentively, I regret to find in it nothing of that sincerity and delicacy which you profess to value. Political opposition can never absolve gentlemen from the necessity of a rigid adherence to the laws of honour and the rules of decorum. I neither claim such privilege nor indulge it in others.
Page 42 - Would to God," was the retort of Burr, " that I did stand on the same footing with any other man. This is the first time I have been permitted to enjoy the rights of a citizen. How have I been brought hither?" In the speech that followed, he made many other strong points, and eminently Burrian ; but the strongest, and that which most thoroughly demoralized the prosecution, was the stand taken in the very first stages of the trial, that before any evidence as to the prisoner's guilt could be admitted,...
Page 29 - 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.
Page 65 - If I could foresee that Theo would become a mere fashionable woman, with all the attendant frivolity and vacuity of mind, adorned with whatever grace and allurement, I would earnestly pray God to take her forthwith hence. But I yet hope by her, to convince the world what neither sex appears to believe — that women have souls.
Page 25 - Federal views ; it is a vain hope ... to accomplish his end. he must lean upon unprincipled men, and will continue to adhere to the myrmidons who have hitherto surrounded him. To these he will no doubt add able rogues of the Federal party but he will employ the rogues of all parties to overrule the good men of all parties, and to prosecute projects which wise men of every description will disapprove.
Page 20 - This House, I need not remind you, is a sanctuary ; a citadel of law, of order, and of liberty ; and it is here — it is here, in this exalted refuge — here, if anywhere, will resistance be made to the storms of political frenzy, and the silent arts of corruption...
Page 18 - The means existed of electing Burr, but this required his co-operation. By deceiving one man (a great blockhead,) and tempting two, (not incorruptible,) he might have secured a majority of the States. He will never have another chance of being President of the United States; and the little use he has made of the one which has occurred gives me but an humble opinion of the talents of an unprincipled man.

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