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 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 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 141 - 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, the court can never know. It would seem,...
Page 91 - Political opposition can never absolve gentlemen from the necessity of a rigid adherence to the laws of honor, and the rules of decorum. I neither claim such privilege nor indulge it in others. The common sense of mankind affixes to the epithet adopted by Dr. Cooper, the idea of dishonor. It has been publicly applied to me under the sanction of your name.
Page 95 - 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. I am consequently again instructed to deliver you a message, as soon as it may be convenient for you to receive it.
Page 250 - Bayard taken, which seems to have no relation to the suit, nor to any other object than to calumniate me. Bayard pretends to have addressed to me during the pending of the presidential election in February, 1801, through General Samuel Smith, certain conditions on which my election might be obtained, and that General Smith, after conversing with me, gave answers for me.
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...
Page 99 - 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 137 - Adams, the trustee ; and also a rule to show cause why an attachment should not issue against him for not paying over to the parties the sums of money as required by the decree.
Page 139 - When two principles come in conflict with each other, the court must give them both a reasonable conitruction, so as to preserve them both to a reasonable extent. The principle which entitles the United States to the testimony of every citizen, and the principle by which every witness is privileged not to accuse himself, can neither of them be entirely disregarded.

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