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    Aaron Burr writes that "The President left the seat of Govt. this morning. Madison & family the Day before Yesterday"

    Aaron Burr Autograph Letter Signed "A Burr" as vice president. One page, 8" x 9.75", "City of Washington," July 30, 1801, to Ephraim Kirby. Only five months after being sworn in as Thomas Jefferson's vice president following the controversial presidential election of 1800, Vice President Burr writes of recent governmental appointments and the vacations of President Jefferson and State Secretary James Madison.

    "You will hear with pleasure that A. Wollcot is appointed Collector for Middleborou - his commission will go by the Mail of tomorrow - as soon as Bradley shall resign, Parson will be appointed Marshall - There has, I presume, been no wish to remove Bradley especially as his intention to resign has been avowed - From the great respect which I have for his character, his talents and his principles, I would not concur in any measure which might unnecessarily wound his feelings - I shall write to him on the subject.

    The President left the seat of Govt. this morning. Madison & family the Day before Yesterday - they will not return till about the 1st Oct. - I shall be on my way to N York early tomorrow morning."

    Three years after writing this letter, Aaron Burr (1756-1836) killed Alexander Hamilton in a duel. After he failed to win reelection as vice president, treasonous activities by Burr ended in his arrest, trial, and ultimate acquittal. Ephraim Kirby (1757-1804), the recipient of this letter, had received thirteen wounds as an American officer in the Revolutionary War. After the war, he served as a Connecticut lawyer and politician. Though he was later appointed by President Jefferson as the first Superior Court judge of the Mississippi Territory, when he received this letter from Burr, he was serving as the General Grand High Priest of the Royal Arch Masons. This letter is on toned paper with smoothed separations.


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