Aaron Burr in the News 2014-2011
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 @:
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
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)
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
I would be honored to have you attend these events! Antonio
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
Attended by Pete and John in Litchfield, CT. Good prospective of legal
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.
Katherine's Portrait's Calendar
A little odd, weird,
Aaron Burr featured in Mad magazine here
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.
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.
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
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:
I hope to hear from you soon. I'm thanking you in advance.
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.
April 8, 2013
Upcoming Article in History Magazine by ABA member John
Endicott et al.
Here's the link to the table of contents for the
next issue with our article listed at the bottom;
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
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 email@example.com.
Directions and campus map can be found at the university website at
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
I look forward to working with you.
David R. Chesnutt
941 Leycester Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70808
01/06/13 Info on Burr plays in NYC in
see the following new article concerning Burr and Lewis Wetzel from an
interview with our own Dr. Ray Swick.
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
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
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
October 11, 2012 important Princeton article:
Article by ABA member John Endicott
Aaron Burr, Down (But Not Out) in Paris and London---
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 Weehawken, the original Federalist, Alexander Hamilton, was
shot in a duel by Aaron Burr and died from his injuries. Since dueling is no
longer socially acceptable, we suggest solving differences over a glass of
this "dual" of zinfandel and syrah."
This wine has a good taste. Unfortunately, it is pricey. At the Montgomery
County, Md. Wine & Liquor store which carries it which I recently visited,
they happened to have it on sale, for $26.99 for the small bottle (750 ML);
regularly, it sells for $31.86 there. Many liquor stores offer a 10% discount
if you buy a carton of wine, in general (12 750 ML bottles).
Enjoy the remainder of the summer.
August 12, 2012
August 2012 Videos of secret hair trigger assembly
Hair trigger 1.
Hair trigger 2.
Hair trigger 3.
1/12/12 Alexander Hamilton through the eyes of Aaron Burr
tube has a rap song done in front of the Obamas by the writer/director of In
the Heights, the Grammy and Tony award winning musical. I thought it was awfully
10/25/11 Our speaker at the annual meeting this week:
Note the interesting readers comments section.
ABA members will vote only once because we are honorable.
The web site does not prevent one person from voting many times for Burr's
And more about the new book here:
News & Notes: Aaron Burr, Class of 1772, nominated for New Jersey Hall of
Congratulations Katherine on your new web site!
9/17/11 Grolier Club description of the Exhibit: See Forthcoming
Hi, Peter. Could you put this announcement up on the ABA
website. I only just found about this. I won't be in Nashville, but, if you
are, I hope you have a good time.
Suzanne G. Bowles, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of History
William Paterson University
Here it is
Sue. Monday Sept 19.
4/23 Congratulations to Ron Chernow.
Thanks for the tid bid about weather the day of the duel.
4/17 Three videos from the TV:
This scene is off, because they did not start with
pistols aimed at each other like Richard and Doug wish had happened.
Pistols were really aimed to heaven, and Hamilton hair
trigger fired before completing his downward arc aim, per The Smithsonian
I was able to view the Alexander Hamilton special last night. Thank you Aleta
for giving me the heads up when it was going to air the second time. I was
able to record it. It aired at 3:30 AM on Friday.
I found it to be very informative and enlightening. However they didn't
portray Burr well. I was hoping that Peter would BIFF the guy in front of him
in the head. Was he totally off base. I though for sure Peter was going to put
him in his place. But I guess they wouldn't allow it. That is why we should
have our own special highlighting the career and life of Aaron Burr.
The duel was OK. It would have been better if they shown film from our
re-enactment. That would have added more flavor to the scene.
Antonio was outstanding and very distinguish. I though he should have gotten
up and smacked the guy behind him after Peter BIFFED him and challenged him to
It was great seeing the both of you in the show. I was surprised.
I saw it at 3am Wednesday.
I remember it was about 100 degrees there at the historic Madison Hotel on
60th and First Ave, once owned by John and Abigail Adams, or their daughter
They gave us like five glasses of wine each.
They edited out all my ranting's, but Antonio put a good message across.
Not sure what BIFF means, but if I had a glove, I might have taken it off and
whisked it across his face.
Challenging him with the 54 lead is so 18th century.
Here's a short vid I took off the TV.
At least in this scene he says Alex Ham is the conspirator,
(not the winner of the duel.)
Stuart's Letter to the Editor was published here:
April 11 at 10pm will be Rediscovering Alexander Hamilton on PBS.
Antonio Burr reenacts the duel and he speaks with Peter in the background at
the Society of the Cincinnati scene.
Peter's pistols used in Weehawken are used again in this documentary.
my name is Vann Mitchell and I am an art dealer in central Florida. I recently
purchased the below miniature portrait of Aaron Burr which is signed and dated
1816. The artist is famous American portrait artist John Wesley
Jarvis(1780-1820). It is signed, dated and contained in the original frame.
While researching the painting I came across your society and appreciate the
comprehensive site. I will be selling this painting in the next few days and
thought that perhaps one of your members may have interest. I will be selling
the painting for 1600 delivered. If by chance anyone is interested please let
me know at your earliest convenience. Many thanks.
2/2 Joseph Alston property is recognized.
Pentagon Cable TV channel, Timeline feature, Fit for Duty show:
I respectfully suggest that on Feb. 6, this year (or, the nearest air day,
since Feb. 6 is a Sunday), you carry on your "On this day in history" piece,
words to this effect:
"On this day in history, 255 years ago (that is, on Feb. 6, 1756), Col.
Aaron Burr, Jr., who would become our nation's third Vice President (serving
under Pres. Thomas Jefferson, in his first term), was born in Newark, N.J.
During his military career, as an officer-patriot in the American
Revolutionary War, Aaron Burr distinguished himself at the battles of Quebec;
Brooklyn/Long Island; and Monmouth, N.J., and at an outpost near Valley Forge,
Stuart Fisk Johnson, Esq.
President-General of THE AARON BURR ASSOCIATION
1004 Butterworth Lane
Upper Marlboro Md 20774
This Vidal story now has legs 1/4/11:
Interesting video of Gore Vidal telling the truth about Burr. 1/3/11