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Collection Reference Number GLC01524
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1807 
Title Aaron Burr to Robert Williams concerning Burr's trial for conspiracy
Date ca. 7-18 February 1807
Author Burr, Aaron (1756-1836)  
Recipient Williams, Robert  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description 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.
Subjects Duel  Vice President  Law  Judiciary  Politics  Civil Rights  Criminals and Outlaws  Military History  Military Law  Treason  Corruption and Scandal  
People Burr, Aaron (1756-1836)  Williams, Robert (1773-1836)  Rodney, C. A. (Caesar Augustus) (1772-1824)  Rodney, Thomas (1744-1811)  
Place written Bayou Pierre, Mississippi
Theme Law; Government & Politics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information 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.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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