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1790 Aaron Burr Signed Promissory Note

Starting Bid - $200.00, Sold For - $705.00

One-page promissory note, dated February 11, 1790, signed by Aaron Burr (1756-1836), American politician and former Vice President of the United States. The note, which is handwritten in black fountain pen (not in Burr’s hand), reads “Thirty days after date I promise to pay to Marinus Willett Esquire on order five hundred dollars value received. Dated the eleventh day of Feby 1790." It is signed “Aaron Burr” in black fountain pen (“9”). This note dates to Burr’s early political career, while he was serving as New York State Attorney General. In 1791 he was elected to the United States Senate and served there until 1797. He later ascended to the office of Vice President of the United State under Thomas Jefferson in 1800. Despite his political achievements, he is best remembered today for his legendary duel with Alexander Hamilton. That tragic engagement, which took place on July 11, 1804 in Weehawken, New Jersey, left Hamilton mortally wounded with a bullet wound and he passed away the following day. Following the duel, Burr’s political career spiraled downward (he was later charged with treason in 1807, but was acquitted) and, after much traveling abroad, he eventually returned to New York and his private law practice. He passed away in 1836 at the age of eighty. The note (7.5 x 3 inches) is toned and bears a number of light fold lines. It has been affixed to a slightly larger paper backing for support and preservation. In Very Good to Excellent condition overall. Accompanied by a period portrait engraving of Burr which is ideal for display or framing with the signed note. LOA from James Spence/JSA. Reserve $200. Estimate $400/$600. SOLD FOR $705.00


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