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    Fisher Ames Autograph Letter Signed with Jefferson and Burr Political Content. Four integral pages, written on pages one through three and addressed on page four, 7.25" x 9", February 16, 1801, Dedham [Massachusetts]. Addressed to Congressman John Rutledge Jr. in Washington, Ames writes regarding the impasse between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr when both men received the same number of electoral votes in the 1800 presidential election. Ames, an ardent Federalist, was torn between supporting either candidate, "I am almost ashamed to own how often and how much I have fluctuated in opinion between Jeff[erson] and Burr." Ames continues, "But lately I decided, as I think Mr. Cabot has, and as my better interests pretty clearly that if Jeff[erson] will not and Burr will promise to spare what ought not be destroyed, that Burr is to be preferred. This, I understand, is the case and B[urr] will work like a silk worm to effect his own escalation." Even toning, some chipping, and weakness at the folds, else fine. Very interesting.

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