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Particulars of the Late Duel, Fought at Hoboken, July 11, Between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, ESQRS. by Aaron Burr

Publication Date: 1804 First Edition. One of the most famous personal conflicts in American history, the Burr–Hamilton duel arose from a long-standing political and personal bitterness that had developed between the two men over the course of several years. Tensions reached a bursting point with Hamilton's journalistic defamation of Burr's character during the 1804 New York gubernatorial race in which Burr was a candidate. Fought at a time when the practice was being outlawed in the northern United States, the duel had immense political ramifications. Burr, who survived the duel, was indicted for murder in both New York and New Jersey, though these charges were later either dismissed or resulted in acquittal. The harsh criticism and animosity directed toward him following the duel brought an end to his political career. This item contains the notes exchanged between Hamilton and Burr, descriptions of the duel, and Hamilton's will. Also included are Hamilton's self-serving letter to posterity asserting, falsely, his opposition to the practice of duelling; and the lamentations of Bishop Moore and Rev. Mason. #1294







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