DescriptionAaron Burr Autograph Letter Signed. One page, 6.25" x 7.75", with integral address sheet, no place identified, dated March 17 [1822 written in pencil]. Docketed on integral leaf on verso by unidentified hand. A letter to Martha Bradstreet concerning property in upstate New York for which she was claiming title. Burr writes: "The Statute of Uses (page 72) is sent for your amusement or if you please, for your instruction-after perusing, be pleased to hand it to your Learned friends. Mr. Bleecker might be mistaken when he asserts that you have 1/6 of all the Lots except Eight. It is acknowledged that you (your family) are the sole proprietors of Six Lots and are entitled to 1/6 of eleven other Lots-but I am not informed how you deserve title to 1/6 of the remainder-pray ask Mr. Bleeker." Signed with initials, "AB."
Condition: Besides usual mail folds, the letter is in fine condition.
Aaron Burr (1756-1836) was a successful lawyer and politician from New York. He served in the New York State Assembly (1784-1785, 1798-1799) and served as New York State Attorney General (1789-1791). Burr then served as U.S. Senator from New York (1791-1797) and Vice President of the United States during Thomas Jefferson's first term as president (1801-1805). Burr killed his political advisory Alexander Hamilton (1755-1804) in a duel in 1804, and was later charged with treason for plotting to establish an independent nation in western territories of the United States, for which he was acquitted. Burr left the United States for a time as a self-imposed exile in Europe, returning to practice law in New York City.
Martha Bradstreet (1780-?) was the step granddaughter of British General John Bradstreet (1714-1774). In the 1820s she retained the legal services of Burr an attempt to recover properties in upstate New York granted to General Bradstreet by the British government for his service in the French and Indian War and subsequently confiscated during the American Revolutionary War. She eventually lost her fight when the Supreme Court denied her claim to her claim to General Bradstreet's property.
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