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    Aaron Burr Manuscript Document Signed "Aaron Burr," one page, 7.75" x 12.75". [no place], June 3, 1795. In part, "To all People to whom these presents shall come We Samuel Breese of Shrewsbury in the County of Monmouth and State of New Jersey Esquire and Aaron Burr of the City of New York in the State of New York Esquire, surviving Executors and Trustees named in and by the last Will and Testament of Samuel Bayard late of the said City of New York deceased, send greeting. Whereas divers disputes have arisen...between us and Theophilus Beekman and Elizabeth his wife touching their claim to, and possession and receipt of the rents and profits of a certain part share...and portion of and in a certain Lot of ground whereon buildings have been erected and improvements made...but all such differences and disputes are now happily adjusted and terminated between us and them. Now know ye therefore that we the said Samuel Breese and Aaron Burr Have and each of us Hath remised released and forever discharged and by these presents Do and each of us Doth remise release and forever discharge the said Theophilus Beekman and Elizabeth his wife...of and from all and all manner of action and actions cause and causes of action suits debts dues sum and sums of money accounts reckonings claims and demands whatsoever either in law or equity..." Signed "Samuel Breese by Saml Sidney Breese his attorney" (and 26-year-old son) directly above Burr. Samuel Breese's grandson was inventor Samuel Finley Breese Morse. Signed at the bottom left "James Morris" and "John Johnston" as witnesses for Samuel Breese and again on verso, at the top, as Aaron Burr's witnesses. Docketed on verso of the integral page in unknown hand: "Saml Breese et al to Aldn Beekman et Eliz - Release as within." Alderman Theophilus Beekman was one of the first two Special Justices of New York City later appointed by the Governor. Unlike the rest of the state, the city had no Justices of the Peace; other public officials had powers similar to those they held elsewhere. Samuel Breese's father, Sidney Breese, and Samuel Bayard had married sisters Elizabeth and Catherine Carpenter, respectively. It is interesting to note that nine years earlier, in 1786, Catherine Bayard, widow of Samuel Bayard, charged that the executors of her deceased husband's estate, Burr, Breese (her nephew), and William Malcolm (her niece's husband), were defrauding her by refusing to convey to her a house which her husband had purchased from her mother's estate. Her lawyer was Alexander Hamilton who, in 1804, was killed by then-Vice President Aaron Burr in a duel. At the time he signed this document, Burr was U.S. Senator from New York. He had defeated the incumbent, General Philip H. Schuyler, Alexander Hamilton's father-in-law, in 1790. Small paper seals affixed with red wax to the right of Breese's and Burr's signatures. The document, on watermarked laid paper, is in fine condition.

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