Aaron Burr And Alexander Hamilton's Duel



Aaron Burr felt that he had many good reasons to hate Alexander Hamilton. Burr situated blame on Hamilton for many of the misfortunes of his life, when in fact, he alone was to at fault.
The demise of his reputation began in 1776. “Burr was severely reprimanded by Washington when he was caught in the act of casually reading the Commander-in-chief’s private correspondence. After this incident, Washington mistrusted Burr and maintained a cold, formal distance from him.” (Chrastina 1) Such a breach in confidence that he committed was his blunder alone.
One of the statements that Hamilton made was that Burr was a man “who ought not to be trusted with the reigns of the government.” ...

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the annotations. Burr demanded “a prompt and unqualified acknowledgment or denial” of the “despicable opinion” credited to Hamilton. The code for gentlemen at the time demanded that Hamilton respond to Burr if he wanted people to acknowledge his remarks. If Hamilton wanted to break away from conflict, he would have to openly testify that Burr was a gentleman, and no rogue.
In an attempt to escape the duel, Hamilton declared that he had never set eyes on the piece before getting Burr’s note. Aggravated, Burr wrote back to Hamilton, condemning him of artificiality and demanding a explicit answer.
Hamilton, in another attempt to avoid a duel, Hamilton once again, rebuffed the demand to confer about any comments that may have been written. Quite a few more correspondences passed between the two men. Burr persisted in demanding that Hamilton either recognize or rebuff the remarks. Hamilton, not wanting conflict, gave not answer.
At last, on June 27, 1804, Burr insisted ...

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