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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1807
|Aaron Burr to Robert Williams concerning Burr's trial for conspiracy
|ca. 7-18 February 1807
|Burr, Aaron (1756-1836)
|Writes about his trial for conspiracy against the United States. States that the vindictive temper and conduct of Judge Thomas Rodney have induced him to withdraw from public view. Remarks that he will continue to submit to civil authority as long as he is assured he will be treated with the same rights as other citizens. Wants to be informed of the arrest charges and bail. Requests assurance that he will not be sent out of the territory or subjected to any military authority. Note on address leaf signed by Caesar A. Rodney and dated 9 June 1811 reads, "a base calumny by a traitor to his country. A villian's censure is untasted poison." Date and place writ inferred from content.
|Duel Vice President Law Judiciary Politics Civil Rights Criminals and Outlaws Military History Military Law Treason Corruption and Scandal
|Burr, Aaron (1756-1836) Williams, Robert (1773-1836) Rodney, C. A. (Caesar Augustus) (1772-1824) Rodney, Thomas (1744-1811)
|Bayou Pierre, Mississippi
|Law; Government & Politics
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Williams was the governor of the Mississippi territory. Burr's major objective since 1804 was the separation of the Western states from the Union though there were other issues involved with the charges. Thomas Rodney was the presiding judge over the trial and Caesar A. Rodney was his son and the Attorney General under Jefferson. The jury acquitted Burr and his associates of treason in September 1807.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859