Aaron Burr In the News 2015
April 21, 2015
A Pariah in Paris, 1810–1811
and John Endicott
Ca. 50 photos, notes, index
Ebook ISBN 978-1-4766-2130-2 2015
Aaron Burr—Revolutionary War hero, third vice president of the United States and a controversial figure of the early republic—was tried and acquitted of treason charges in 1807, and thereafter departed for self-imposed exile in Europe, his political career in ruins. Adrift in Paris for 15 months, he led a marginal existence on the run from creditors and the courts, getting by on handouts. While other Americans in Paris enjoyed official status that insulated them from life in the capital, Burr dreamed up fruitless schemes and pawned his possessions, yet remained in high spirits, enjoying Parisian theater and cafés. He shopped, flirted, paid for sex and associated with friends old and new while gathering the resolve to return to America.
Burr’s Paris journal is a rare item, with only 250 unexpurgated copies printed in 1903. In it he relates his fascinating stories and describes Parisian life at the height of Napoleon’s power. Drawing on Burr’s journal and other sources, this book provides a self-portrait of the down-and-out Founding Father abroad.
Jane Merrill lives in Sudbury, Massachusetts and Saint George, Maine. John Endicott has practiced law in New York and Connecticut. He lives in Litchfield, Connecticut.
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
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
Tickets are selling fast for Morris-Jumel Mansion's February 5th benefit performance of Hamilton, Lin-Manuel Miranda's much-anticipated musical-theatrical extravaganza.
Fusing contemporary hip-hop and classic Broadway style, Hamilton charts the origins, rise and dramatic death of one of America's greatest minds; and on Thursday, February 5th, 2015, Morris-Jumel is giving history and theater lovers the chance to not only see the show, but also meet and talk with Mr. Miranda and the director, Tony-award nominee Thomas Kail—first at a pre-show cocktail reception; and later at an intimate post-show Q&A.
Now on sale are three distinct ticket packages:
See a show! Meet Lin-Manuel! And help raise money for Manhattan's oldest house (proceeds will go to the underwriting of the Mansion's diverse array of educational and cultural programming)! It's a winter-time win, win, win!
To purchase, visit Brown Paper Tickets, or call Morris-Jumel at 212-923-8008.