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Once sanctioned by law and custom, duelling declined in the Northern states after the Revolution, though it flourished longer in the American South. By 1804, it had been outlawed in New York, forcing Burr in the aftermath of his encounter with Hamilton to give up his political ambitions and flee the state to avoid a warrant for his arrest.

The further career of Aaron Burr is discussed in a feature, part of Words and Deeds in American History, on the June 13 1807 Subpoena served on Thomas Jefferson to testify at Aaron Burr's trial for treason.



Learn more about Burr and Hamilton in American Memory:

  • Read about Alexander Hamilton's life and legacy in "Alexander Hamilton in New Jersey," an 1897 address included in African-American Perspectives, 1818-1907.

  • The text of The Federalist, a series of essays written by Hamilton, John Jay, and James Madison (using the pen name Publius) is available via THOMAS: Legislative Information on the Internet. Background information about the papers, which appeared in 1787 and 1788 in support of ratification of the Constitution, is also online.

  • The George Washington Papers, 1741-1799 include more than three hundred letters with references to Hamilton. Of particular interest is a missive dated August 28, 1788, in which Washington writes Hamilton in praise of Publius's latest installation of The Federalist:

    As the perusal of the political papers under the signature of Publius has afforded me great satisfaction, I shall certainly consider them as claiming a most distinguished place in my Library . . . When the transient circumstances and fugitive performances which attended this Crisis shall have disappeared, That Work will merit the Notice of Posterity; because in it are candidly and ably discussed the principles of freedom and the topics of government, which will be always interesting to mankind so long as they shall be connected in Civil Society.




 

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