[Aaron Burr] George Clinton Autograph Letter Signed as vice president. Two pages, Washington, D.C., March 11, 1807. Vice President Clinton sends a personal letter to his son-in-law and former French ambassador to the United States during the French Revolution, Edmond-Charles Genêt. After sharing pleasantries about family and the weather, Clinton mentions his vice-presidential predecessor, Aaron Burr, who was then under suspicion of treasonous activities. It was believed that Burr had been amassing a private army with intentions to invade Florida, New Orleans, or Mexico. Another possibility was that he was building his army to lead a secession of western states from the Union. Burr, of course, denied all these charges.

    A grand jury was convened in Natchez, Mississippi, and after hearing the evidence against him, Burr was declared "not guilty of any crime or misdemeanor against the United States." This was the latest news Clinton had received, and he passed it on to his son-in-law.

    "The last Accounts from Burr is that the Grand Jury at the Natches found no . . . [illegible] him; but on the contrary presented the Gen'l Governor as acting improperly against him. On this he immediately departed without waiting for a formal discharge from his Recognizance, upon which the Gov'r issued a Proclamation offering $2000 for his apprehension. But this bird had flown. I have not time to make a single remark."

    However, as more information came to light about Burr's questionable activities, he was once again brought before a judge - this time it was Chief Justice of the United States John Marshall - and made to plea his case. The trial began on August 3, 1807, in Richmond, Virginia, and despite the dedication of the Jefferson administration in prosecuting the case, Burr was once again acquitted. This letter is lightly toned with smoothed folds; minor repairs to two folds. Occasional faint foxing with a small section of light-blue discoloration. Very large and attractive "Geo Clinton" signature with decorative flourish.

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