Aaron Burr in the News 2014-2011

Updated: Jan 21

Aaron Burr in the News 2014-2011


Subject:[AaronBurrAssoc] More details on Feb. 7 unveiling party @ Morris-Jumel Mansion

Antonio Burr, Ph.D., advises me that the cocktail reception is from 6 to 9 pm, on Saturday, Feb. 7, 2015, at the Morris-Jumel Mansion. The party includes the enveiling of both the restored copy of a painting of Aaron Burr (which many of you made contributions to), and the new bust of Aaron, to be placed inside the Mansion. Harry Anderson funded this important work, which was created by artist Leith Adams, on Newport, R.I. Leith attended our Annual Meeting in Charleston, SC, in September.

Tickets for the event cost $20 per person, and may be reserved, ahead of time, in two ways: Call the Mansion, (212) 923-8008 or send an email to Antonio @: burr.antonio@gmail.com

The Mansion is located at 65 Jumel Terrace, NYC 10032. It is between West 160th and 162nd Streets, one block east of St. Nicholas Ave, and one block west of Edgecombe Ave. It is in a beautiful area, full of fully-restored brownstone homes.

Antonio suggests you try to book a room at something called "airbnb," which I think runs B & B's in Manhattan.

We hope our members who live in the general area, or who happen to be near NYC then, will attend this important event. We are becoming very close to the Mansion, which in 2015 is celebrating its 250th anniversary. The correct the telephone number of the Mansion; according to their website, it is (212) 923-8008.



Dear Friends: Since I joined the Board of Directors of the Morris Jumel Mansion Museum (http://www.morrisjumel.org/) in April 2014, we have been busy planning a host of event to celebrate the 250th Anniversary of the Mansion. Please save the date for two upcoming events early in the year that are particularly close to my heart. First, the party!! I am organizing a party at the Mansion on Saturday February 7th to celebrate Aaron Burr’s birthday. You may know that Burr was married to Madame Jumel and lived at the Mansion during their brief marriage. We shall memorialize his presence at the house by dedicating a recently restored portrait of Burr which will be hung in a place of honor in the parlor. (I personally raised over $7000 to restore this portrait which was found in the deep recesses of the Mansion’s storage rooms.) This will be an excellent opportunity for you to see the house, if you have not been there, partake in wine and cheese, and have a good time among friends. (Tickets are $20 which includes a glass of special cider from the Aaron Burr Cidery in Wurstsboro, NY.) Two days before, on Thursday February 5th , the Mansion has reserved a block of tickets at the Public Theater for Lin-Miranda’s hip-hop play “Hamilton,” featuring an assorted array of Founding Fathers at their musical best. (see below for ticket information) This being a fundraiser for the Mansion, certain ticket categories will include admission to a cocktail reception at the Public’s Library, including a Q and A with Lin-Miranda moderated by our own Diane Di Mauro. I would be honored to have you attend these events! Antonio

12/1/14Friends: Virginia (Ginny) Adcook, this past weekend, notified me that our long-time member, and Ginny's cousin, Barbara Lent Coe (Fairfield branch), of Stamford, Vermont (w/i an hour of Bennington, where I grew up), passed away on Nov. 22, 2014, age 89, in a nursing home.

Ginny, Barbara (aka Bobbie), and a third cousin, Lorraine Burr of East Norwalk, Ct. (whose late husband was Alan Burr), have been known to me, for years, as the three "girls," because that is what our late member, Alan Malarkey, of Arizona, called them (he was very fond of them, and stayed once at Ginny's house near Syracuse).

Since Barbara Coe was once such an important member (she last attended our Nashville meeting, where she started showing signs of dementia), I am compelled to share some details of her rich life.

Barbara and her her late husband, Melvin, on ce owned or ran the Old Coach Inn, in Heartwellvile, Vt. (southern Vt,, near Mt. Snow ski area). Barbara also held a local government position. She therefore was invested in her community. She was a vivid, delightful person, and always showed me lots of love and appreciation. She often mailed me articles on various subjects.

She will never be forgotten.

Stuart and Helena

The July 11, 2014 ten year anniversary of the duel reenactment was remembered at the Morris Jumel mansion, where the reenactment pistols were displayed.

(Here are the real pistols outside Jamie Dimon's office at JP Morgan.)

Director Carol and Antonio Burr addressed the crowd of about 30.

Here is the handout left on each seat:

3/23/14 Kent Newmyer delivers a lecture on his book The Treason Trial of Aaron Burr.

Attended by Pete and John in Litchfield, CT. Good prospective of legal issues.

Pete's opinion was that KN is not a big fan of TJ.

--Trick pistol truth recognition in an internationally ranked news article:


Links back to ABA.org Smithsonian article and youtube videos describing unassembled pistol hair triggers.

02/25/14 Katherine's Portrait's Calendar

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02/23/14A little odd, weird, something.



Aaron Burr featured in Mad magazine here

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11/22/13 Dear ABA members: I am pleased to announce that the ultimate goal for BURRIANA, to be recognized as a new and useful reference manual concerning Burr, has been achieved. In my opinion The William Reese Company is the premier antiquarian bookseller in the world. Below is an antiquarian book listing for sale from the William Reese Company of one of the pamphlets written in 1802 in response to James Cheetham's vicious pamphlets concerning Burr. At the bottom of the listing, HARDISON, BURRIANA is cited along with TOMPKINS, HOWES, SABIN and other references. This may not seem like much, but when BURRIANA is cited it insures that future researchers interested in Burr can now go to a reference manual that gives Burr a fair evaluation. Also note that WANDELL, BURR IN LITERATURE, another fair reference manual, is listed. This may also be the first time that I have seen BURR IN LITERATURE previously cited anywhere as an antiquarian book reference except in BURRIANA. All of this is quite exciting to me. It makes me feel that the ABA effort last year in supporting the exhibit and BURRIANA is gradually paying back. Brian Hardison

11/17/13 Last weekend my wife Cindy and I had the pleasure of spending the weekend in Newport, RI. It was an opportunity to spend more time with my friend and yours Harry Anderson.

The new book on Harry's life is outstanding and available as follows:


Roger Vaughan, who attended the 2012 ABA meeting in New York City, has provided all of us with a well written book of a remarkable life. I have added it to my Burr library and strongly recommend the same to everyone.

Brian Hardison

I am going to take advantage of the list attached to Stuart’s recent email concerning next year’s meeting in Charleston to bring to your attention some recent developments concerning Aaron Burr’s relationship to Morris-Jumel Mansion. In the first place, Antonio Burr has just informed us that the Aaron Burr Society has collected $3200 to restore a portrait of Aaron Burr that was given to the Mansion many years ago. While it is not a painting done from life, it was done by a portraitist who studied with John Singer Sargent, who was one of the best. We will move forward with this and thank you very much indeed. Secondly, we have been in communication with Harry Anderson about the possibility of placing a bas relief that was once displayed on the facade of a bank in Newark either in the interior or exterior of the Mansion, as well as the possibility of similarly placing a bust of Aaron Burr somewhere on the premises. Our preliminary indication is that to display either the bas relief or the bust outside the Mansion would require the approval of the Parks Department. We are presently attempting to ascertain their criteria for approval, and are also requesting their authorization to display the bust in the Park. Displaying either the bas relief or the bust inside the Mansion will not require Parks Department approval, and we are favorably disposed to displaying both the bas relief and the bust if the proportions are consistent with an interior display. The bust might be better outside, but we will need to work with the Parks Department on that. In any event, we are very interested in enhancing the Mansion’s connection to Aaron Burr, and believe that, if there is no other place where he is recognized in New York by public statuary, the Mansion would be a good place to do so. While you may know that Aaron Burr was married to Madame Jumel in the last years of his life, and thus lived in the Mansion, it is less widely known that, when the Mansion was for sale in the early 1800s before its purchase by the Jumels, Theodosia wrote to her father urging him to look into acquiring the property. I have also assumed that he was at the Mansion in September-October 1776 while he served as aide to General Knox, but have not seen any specific evidence of that. I don’t know whether any of you were able to get to the Mansion for the Morris-Jumel Mansion Culture and Arts Festival in early October, but the signal event of the day was the premiere of three songs from a Broadway musical, “The Hamilton Mix-Tape,” that is being written and composed by Lin-Manuel Miranda. Lin-Manuel, the Tony- and Grammy-award winning author and composer of the Broadway hit, “In the Heights,” is not only a resident of Washington Heights and a great fan of the Mansion, but an admirer of Aaron Burr. Those of you who live in New York City may have seen his plugs for the Mansion that have appeared from time-to-time on the TV screen in the back of New York City taxis. In any event, he is putting together a musical based on the intertwined lives of Alexander Hamilton and Aaron Burr that is almost certain to make it to Broadway with a good chance of being a popular triumph. Two of the songs he performed at the Mansion in early October were about the Burr Theodosias, mother and daughter, and I would describe both songs as affectionate and amusing. The third song was about Hamilton and dealt with his overweening ambition. There is a fourth song about Burr and Hamilton that he performed at the White House that I believe will also be included in the musical, a link to which follows, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Jz1VRfdbmY. . The Mansion’s new Executive Director, Carol Ward, brought Lin-Manuel to the Burriana exhibit at the Grolier Club last summer and he has copies both of Nancy Isenberg’s “Fallen Founder” and Brian Hardison’s “Burriana.” As indicated above, Lin-Manuel is a fan of Aaron Burr and has developed a real affection for him as he has worked on the dramatization of Burr’s relationship to Hamilton. While a musical may not have been what you were expecting to bring Burr to the attention of a wider contemporary audience, I believe that Burr will be portrayed in an affectionate and positive light to many who are not likely to be well-acquainted with him. Lin-Manuel’s style is very exuberant and is definitely pitched to a youthful crowd, but I found it very easy to like his songs about the Burr women, and to some extent it is simply amazing that they are the subject of song in the Twenty-First Century. In any event, this musical should be ready for Broadway some time in 2014 or early 2015, and I urge you to stay alert for it. Those of you who are members of Morris-Jumel may have received the our recent taped introduction to the Mansion and our appeal for assistance in preserving it for another 248 years. While the Parks Department is responsible for the upkeep of the Mansion and its capital improvements and preservation, we are concerned that there are some things that just can’t wait. To that end, we are focusing on a handful of projects that go well beyond the cosmetic and simply cannot wait. As indicated above, we are grateful to the Aaron Burr Society for its generosity in helping to restore the Burr portrait, and in offering to make available the bas relief and the bust, but we hope you don’t mind if we make an independent request to make it easier for all of us to be proud of this last home for Vice President Burr. His rival’s house a few blocks away is well-tended by the National Park Service, and we do not want the Mansion to suffer by comparison . Follow the link to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/help-restore-the-morris-jumel-mansion/. James L. Kerr212-450-4552www.morrisjumel.org

Dear ABA members, July 20, 2013 I'm happy to inform you that we have published our book, "Aunt Abby and Aaron Burr's Last Days: Staten Island, the Summer of 1836, and the Death of America's Most Notorious Man", and copies are selling. Please click above for the advertisements surrounding a book signing that Ray and I had at the Blennerhassett Museum Gift Shop in Parkersburg, WV. I do not belong to Facebook, but someone at the Museum did and took the picture. Dr. Swick has written a stunning, detailed account of Aaron Burr's last days. I have contributed some of the writing, some of the ideas and a fair amount of research. As most of you know, Ray is dedicated to researching and writing an accurate story, and I think you will find this non-fiction book delightful to read. Ray has sold most of his share of the copies of this book, and I have yet to have a book signing here in Kalamazoo, MI, where I hope to do as well. I have been selling copies here and there, but the announcement to the public here hasn't been issued yet. I want to give the ABA members a chance to own a copy or two, but supplies are limited. If you wish to order it, please send me a check, payable to Martha Kakuk, for a total of $17.00 ($14.95 for the book and $2.05 for shipping and handling). In your envelope, please include your return address, and I will mail the book to you right away. My address is: Martha Kakuk, P.O. Box 212, Portage, MI 49081-0212. My phone number is (269) 375-6173. I told Ray that after I have covered my half of the cost of publishing, I will donate the rest of my sales to the Blennerhassett Museum. If you want to get in touch with Ray, he can be reached at the Blennerhassett Museum, 137 Juliana Street, Parkersburg, WV 26101, Tel: (304) 420-4800. His e-mail address is: ray.r.swick@wv.gov. I hope to hear from you soon. I'm thanking you in advance. Marty


Dear Prof. Collins:

Finally I had a chance to read your new book, Duel With the Devil. That portion of your book concerning the Levi Weeks trial is exceptional. You included detail about both the surrounding events leading up to the trial and the event itself that was new to me.

I was especially interested in whether or not you would credit Aaron Burr with making the remarkable opening address for the Defense. As you likely know, Ron Chernow attempted in his book on Hamilton to give him credit for Burr's accomplishment. Fortunately by your research, you have joined Dr. Isenberg and others in returning to Burr the credit he deserves for such an outstanding speech. Thank you for hopefully finally putting that issue to rest.

There was only one point in your book that I thought could have been better stated. In Chapter 21, page 203 you state concerning the duel "... this much is known: Hamilton shot into the trees. Burr, leveling his pistol at his foe, did not." I believe your leading the reader to think that Burr had the "mythical pause" in the duel in order to reflect. The fact is we know much more about the tragic event. This "mythical pause" has been shown by Isenberg and others to be a myth. It is now generally accepted that Burr did nothing but follow the code duello.

Thank you for your book. Congratulations on a very well written and researched book concerning the Weeks trial.


Brian Hardison

Dallas, Georgia

April 8, 2013

Upcoming Article in History Magazine by ABA member John Endicott et al.

From John:

Here's the link to the table of contents for the next issue with our article listed at the bottom;


April 3, 2013

The annual Kartch/Jefferson Lecture will be held at William Paterson University, Wayne, NJ on Wednesday, May 1, 2013 starting at 9:45 am. in Ballroom A of University Commons. This year's speaker will be Dr. Brian Murphy of the History Department, Baruch College, City University of New York. His topic will be "Thomas Jefferson, Aaron Burr, and the Limits of Partisanship in American Democracy."

Dr. Murphy wrote the excellent article, "'A Very Convenient Instrument': The Manhattan Company, Aaron Burr, and the Election of 1800" which appeared in the April 2008 issue of The William & Mary Quarterly.

Any Aaron Burr Association members who are in the area are most welcome to attend. The lecture is free and reservations are not necessary. Free parking is available on campus.

For further information, contact Dr. Sue Bowles at sgbowles1@cs.com. Directions and campus map can be found at the university website at www.wpunj.edu.

Hope to see some of you there!



Dear Brian Hardison, Thank you for your note and for your offer to write an article for Manuscripts. Burr's protégé Samuel Swartwout sounds like an interesting topic. I've attached a copy of Bill's review. I'm sure he would have no objections to having it posted on the Burr website. I'm also copying Bill on this note so he can enjoy your comments. I look forward to working with you. Best wishes, David David R. Chesnutt Editor, Manuscripts 941 Leycester Dr. Baton Rouge, LA 70808


01/06/13 Info on Burr plays in NYC in January

12/8/12 Please see the following new article concerning Burr and Lewis Wetzel from an interview with our own Dr. Ray Swick. www.mariettatimes.com/page/content.detail/id/548364/What-s-in-a-Name--Wetze...

November 18, 2012

Aaron Burr Exhibit on display in the Special Collections Libraries at the University of Georgia

Brian Hardison's alma mater, the University of Georgia, has given him the honor of being the first private collector to exhibit a collection in the brand new, state of the art, library gallery on campus. Below is the press release.

Writer: Jean Cleveland, 706/542-8079, jclevela@uga.edu

Contact: Chantel Dunham, 706/542-0628, cdunham@uga.edu

Aaron Burr exhibition on display at UGA’s special collections libraries

Athens, Ga. – A display of rare items exploring the life of Aaron Burr is on display until Jan. 31 at the Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library galleries of the Richard B. Russell Building Special Collections Libraries at the University of Georgia.

The Man Who Killed Hamilton: Defending Aaron Burr Through the Books, Manuscripts, Pamphlets and Historic Objects from the Collection of Brian Davon Hardison contains several hundred newspapers, manuscripts, previously unpublished signed letters, art and historic relics from the collection of Brian Davon Hardison, a 1981 alumnus of UGA and a judge in Paulding County.

The collection is said to be the most comprehensive portrayal of the complicated Founding Father, who distinguished himself during the American Revolution and went on to become an influential lawmaker. Burr served as U.S. vice president under Thomas Jefferson, but his legacy is overshadowed by political disputes and his infamous duel with Alexander Hamilton.

Many of the items in the collection relate to Burr’s contemporaries such as George Washington, Hamilton, Jefferson and Benedict Arnold. The exhibit includes Revolutionary War intelligence, the 1800 report of the first recorded murder trial in the U.S., an 1807 subpoena from Burr’s trial for treason and Burr’s watch, which contains the only known portrait of his first wife and the earliest known portrait of his daughter, Theodosia.

The exhibit previously was on view at the Grolier Club in New York, which also published the book, Burriana: A Catalogue of Rare Books, Pamphlets, Letters, Manuscripts, Documents & Objects by, About or Relating to Aaron Burr.

Hardison has been amassing the collection since the 1990s. He said he found Burr an interesting historical figure.

Burr outlived his children and made no effort to offer a written account of his life, unlike many of his contemporaries. Documents from the era reveal, however, a progressive record of support for women’s rights, the arts and the anti-slavery movement.

“I don’t think he was concerned with what others thought,” Hardison said. “He was not as concerned with his legacy as others were.”

The Hargrett Library gallery is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays 1-5 p.m. For more information on the Hargrett Library, see www.libs.uga.edu/hargrett.

October 11, 2012 important Princeton article:


Article by ABA member John Endicott

Aaron Burr, Down (But Not Out) in Paris and London---

Dear Burrites,

I want to bring your attention to a brand, or label, of red wine which at least partly recognizes our hero, Colonel Aaron Burr. A friend from Maryland, Christopher Hinkel (he attended our Richmond and Duel Reenactment meetings, among others), recently gifted me with a bottle of red wine which I must tell you about, for at least two reasons: its great taste and its killer label.

Here is what the front label says: "Dry Creek Valley. the FEDERALIST Dueling Pistols. Off the Hudson shore at Weehawken, the Federalist, Alexander Hamilton, was shot in a duel by Aaron Burr. " The label on the rear of the bottle says, among things: "FEDERALIST Dueling Pistols, 2009, Dry Creek Valley Appellation. 50% Zinfandel, 50% Syrah. Vinted and Bottled by 2Sons Winery, Healdsburg, CA. THEFEDERALISTZIN. COM. "On July 11, 1804, off the Hudson shore at Weehawk