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    Elias Dayton Manuscript Letter Signed "Elias Dayton," one page, 7.75" x 12.75". Elizabeth Town, March 1, 1805. To his son, U. S. Senator Jonathan Dayton. Integral leaf addressed by another son, Elias B. Dayton, to "The Hon. Jonathan Dayton/in Senate of the United States/City of Washington." Elias B. Dayton has handwritten the letter his father signed and has penned a letter to his brother beneath his father's, concluding it on top verso, signing "E. B. Dayton." Elias, veteran of the Revolutionary War and a retired Major General of Militia, tells his son that "We have made sale of the D'anterroches place to Robinson Thomas for seventy dollars the acre & it is necessary before making the Deed that I have from you a transfer of D'anterroches's Mortgage to you, for which purpose I now enclose an instrument for your Signature..." Elias B. Dalton then writes to his brother, "It did not occur to my mind until today that it would be necessary for my father to have an assignment of D'anterroches's Mortgage before we made the title to Mr. Thomas. My father tells me that he has written you on the subject of Aaron's going to the westward - I am at a loss how to advise him, but am fully of the opinion with you that he may have fairer prospects in the Western Country than he could have to the northward." "Aaron" may be Aaron Ogden of Elizabeth Town, former U.S. Senator (1801-1803), and a speculator in Western lands. There was good reason for Jonathan Dayton to have good prospects in the Western Country. Senator Dayton, who has docketed this letter on the address leaf "From/Genl E. Dayton March 1805," and Vice President Aaron Burr were good friends. Two days after this letter was written, Burr's term as Vice President, and Dayton's term as U.S. Senator ended. In 1806, Burr led an expedition to the Southwest to conquer Spanish lands and create an empire,

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