MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES, TRANSMITTING A COPY OF THE PROCEEDINGS AND OF THE EVIDENCE EXHIBITED ON THE ARRAIGNMENT OF AARON BURR, AND OTHERS, BEFORE THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE UNITED STATES, HELD IN VIRGINIA, IN THE YEAR 1807
by [Burr, Aaron]: Jefferson, Thomas
Washington, 1807. Two volumes bound in one. ,332,222pp. Contemporary calf, rebacked, with original gilt leather spine label laid down. Edges worn. Contemporary ink ownership signatures, imprint on titlepage effaced with ink burn, also affecting the next leaf, some contemporary ink underlining and marginal bracketing, minor foxing. Still very good. A nice association copy of this important government report concerning the "Burr conspiracy," with the signature of Congressman, mayor of Boston, and Harvard president Josiah Quincy at the top of the titlepage. In the Burr conspiracy, Thomas Jefferson accused former Vice President Aaron Burr and a host of co-conspirators of treason. Specifically, Burr and his cohorts were indicted for plotting to detach portions of the American West and South, as well as Spanish Texas, from the United States, in order to create their own empire. Burr claimed that he was simply trying to take possession of 40,000 acres in the Texas territory that had been leased to him by the Spanish Crown, in order to farm the land. In the end, Burr was acquitted of treason, but the entire affair effectively ended his already faltering political career. In the present work, President Jefferson collects and transmits documents and testimony pertaining to Burr and his co-conspirators. The second part of the text also collects various motions of the court during Burr's trial. "This is the first published report of the trial at Richmond in 1807 of Aaron Burr for treason, and on his trial immediately afterward for a misdemeanor in preparing for a military expedition against Mexico. He was acquitted in each case" - Streeter. Rare in the marketplace; the Streeter copy realized $350 in 1968. STREETER SALE 1680. HOWES B1009, "aa." SABIN 9429. TOMPKINS 57.
(Inventory #: WRCAM51178)
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