DescriptionGreat Content Aaron Burr Autograph Letter Signed With a Postscript , one and one-half pages, 7.8" x 9.5", New York, December 8, 1796, to "Geo. Blake Esqr.". Burr writes, in part: "Dear Sir, On the 5th inst. I received your friendly and amusing letter of the 1st. If you had not before that time written to Lincoln, your letter could not have reached here untill after the election. It is to be apprehended that they have voted unanimously for [John] A[dams]. & [Thomas] P[inckney]. - Should this prove true, P. will probably be the president - a few days will disclose... Let me know as soon as you shall be informed of the result of the votes of Jersey, Penna. & the more Southern States - of the Northern you shall hear from me. Affecy. Yr Obt Svt Aaron Burr" Burr adds a postscript signed with his initials on page two: "Do me the favor to write to your brother, or to some one on whom you can rely in Boston to find me forthwith by post a copy of the Charter of your Union Bank. AB".
In the campaign of 1796, the two major candidates that emerged were Federalist John Adams of Massachusetts and Republican Thomas Jefferson of Virginia. Earlier, Federalist party leaders had met informally and decided on John Adams as their Presidential candidate, with Thomas Pinckney as their Vice President. In the meantime, Republican congressional leaders had picked Jefferson for President and New York lawyer Aaron Burr for Vice President. On December 7, 1796, the day before Burr's letter, the Presidential electors cast their ballots. When the 276 electoral votes were tabulated by Congress (February 8, 1797), Adams received 71 (from 16 states), just one more than the necessary majority. Jefferson became Vice President with 68 votes, while Pinckney received 59 and Burr 30. Interesting election year content, with Burr's incorrect prediction of Pinckney's victory. With negligible staining to attached integral address panel affecting just the edge of left margin and not touching any script, otherwise very clean and in near fine condition.
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