Alexander Hamilton Papers

To Alexander Hamilton from Aaron Burr, 18 June 1804

From Aaron Burr

Nyork 18 June 1804


I send for your perusal a letter signed Ch. D. Cooper which, though apparently published some time ago, has but very recently come to my knowledge. Mr Van Ness who does me the favor to deliver this, will point out to you that Clause1 of the letter to which I particularly request your attention.

You might perceive, Sir, the necessity of a prompt and unqualified acknowledgment or denial of the use of any expressions which could warrant the assertions of Dr Cooper.

I have the honor to be   Your Obt Svt

A. Burr

Genl. Hamilton

ALS, New-York Historical Society, New York City; copy, in the handwriting of William P. Van Ness, New York State Historical Association, Cooperstown, New York; copy, Columbia University Libraries.

1The clause to which Burr is referring reads: “… I could detail to you a still more despicable opinion which General Hamilton has expressed of Mr. Burr.

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