Letter from Alexander Hamilton to Aaron Burr, 1786

Summary

After the Revolutionary War, New York City attorneys Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr began a decades-long rivalry that ended in 1804 when Burr mortally wounded Hamilton during a duel. In the 1780s, Hamilton represented Jewish merchant Solomon Simson in a case against Ebenezer Jones, a Revolutionary War-era privateer represented by Burr. In this letter, Hamilton informed Burr of the time and place of the trial.

After the Revolutionary War, New York City attorneys Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr began a decades-long rivalry that ended in 1804 when Burr mortally wounded Hamilton during a duel. In the 1780s, Hamilton represented Jewish merchant Solomon Simson in a case against Ebenezer Jones, a Revolutionary War-era privateer represented by Burr. In this letter, Hamilton informed Burr of the time and place of the trial.

Artifact

Letter (Correspondence)

Date Made

04 April 1786

Subject Date

20 April 1786

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

69.144.1290

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)

Dimensions

Height: 6.75 in

Width: 8.25 in

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