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Collection Reference Number GLC01523
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1804 
Title Aaron Burr to Joseph Alston, mainly in cypher, concerning Burr's duel with Alexander Hamilton
Date ca. 13-21 July 1804
Author Burr, Aaron (1756-1836)  
Recipient Alston, Joseph  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Writes in partial cypher to his son-in-law after his duel with Alexander Hamilton. In the text that is not in cypher, Burr states that the jury has adjourned until Monday, 23 July, and that the results will determine whether or not he flees. He indicates that there is sentiment against him by Governor DeWitt Clinton and his allies. Thanks him for an earlier letter of support. At the end of the text is "Enclose to Ch. Biddle, Phila." Charles Biddle was a friend of Burr's. The second and third pages are in cypher. Date is from docket. The letter was written no earlier than 13 July 1804 and probably not later than 21 July 1804.
Subjects Codes and Signals  Duel  Judiciary  Law  Politics  Criminals and Outlaws  Vice President  
People Burr, Aaron (1756-1836)  Alston, Joseph (1778-1816)  Biddle, Charles (1745-1821)  Clinton, DeWitt (1769-1828)  
Place written New York, New York
Theme Law; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information At 10 AM on 21 July Burr left his home at Richmond Hill and traveled to Perth Amboy, finding his way eventually to St. Simon's Island, Georgia. The cypher has not yet been decoded.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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