by VAN NESS, William P. (1778-1826)
unbound. very good. Interesting A.L.S. 4to. 3 pages, no place or date (prior to January 2nd 1813), to Timothy Green, Aaron Burr's physician and business partner who would perish aboard the schooner 'Patriot' while acting on Burr's authority while chaperoning his daughter Theodosia from South Carolina to New York on January 2nd 1813. Van Ness writes that he needs to raise $7000 immediately and has arranged to sell eight lots consisting of land holdings of which he would like Green to dispose of. He has reached out and contacted Mr. Astor and passes on this news to the recipient: "I think I can get him to take them all at the price they ought to fetch and... perhaps I can persuade him to loan me the money... of which I'd prefer". There is occasional toning and foxing throughout not affecting the contrast of this letter. Also, there is one small tear-hole affecting one word - cause from removal of the wax seal. United States Federal judge notable for serving as Aaron Burr's "second" during his duel with Alexander Hamilton.
(Inventory #: 292712)