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Collection Reference Number GLC01544
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1807 
Title Aaron Burr to Jonathan Rhea asking for help discrediting witnesses at Burr's trial for treason
Date 25 July 1807
Author Burr, Aaron (1756-1836)  
Recipient Rhea, Jonathan  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description States that he is writing reluctantly to ask his attention to a matter concerning the plans for defense at his treason trial. States that George Morgan and his sons John and Thomas of Princeton, New Jersey have sworn before the grand jury about conversations that did not take place. Discusses plans to discredit their character and mentions three men in Princeton who might be willing to do this; Daniel Agnew, John Hamilton, and William Hight. Implores Rhea to procure men of a higher character to testify on the bad credit of the Morgans. Conveys that if Rhea is reluctant to do this, he may throw this letter in the fire. In the postscript, he asks what has become of his indictment in New Jersey. Addressed to Colonel Rhea at Trenton, New Jersey.
Subjects Law  Treason  Government and Civics  Corruption and Scandal  Vice President  
People Burr, Aaron (1756-1836)  Rhea, Jonathan (cb. 1754-1815)  
Place written Richmond, Virginia
Theme Government & Politics; Law
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Rhea served in the Revolutionary War and was clerk of the Supreme Court of New Jersey 1793-November 1807 and Quartermaster General for the state 1807-1813.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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