Common Searches

M-017 Burr, Aaron (correspondence and promissory notes)


Item 1) - March 10, 1819

Item 2) - March 27, 1790

Item 3) - July 14, 1795

CREATOR: Aaron Burr (1756-1836) American political leader and third Vice President of the United States.


Item 1) - A letter written to Mr. Samuel Miles Hopkins, Esquire

Item 2) - A Promissory Note written by Aaron Burr to Mr. William Malcom

Item 3) - A Promissory Note written by Aaron Burr to Mr. Jacob Watson

EXTENT: Three written items with addressee information.


                                                                                      New York 10 March 1819


  Mr. Rogers agreeably to your permission, allowed me to search among the papers of the late Mr. Henry Esq. but as entrees & papers desired were not found. I did not ask to inspect your registers or papers but on inquiring since made of Col. Henry’s brother of the late M. (D-tt?) I am led to conclude that the business inquired of was transacted by yourself as the attorney of record in your own name and may be found in your Registers. I ask, therefore, that you would permit me to search in your Registers from (17)98 to 1803 and to take extracts of the entrees of all suits in which I may have been concerned either as a party or as adverse attorney and I wish that this privilege -- may be extended to your Chancery Registers for the same period - I recollect one (just as party?) in Chanc’y (Chancery) in which A.J.F. Prevost was a party & there may have been others -- My Registers for that period has been lost, which has constrained me in several instances to be troublesome(?) as the adverse counsel.

  It is preferred that your Registers are in the hands of Mr. Rogers, but he is not certain of the fact, your _____? may therefore be to him or ____? ____?


                     I pray your prompt reply by mail. I am respectfully your ob servant

                                                                                                      A. Burr

Mr. Hopkins Esq.

Letter is addressed to:

Samuel M. Hopkins Esq.

Moscow, N.Y.


Thirty days after date I promise to pay to William Malcom Esquire or

order three hundred and fifty pounds currency value

27th Mar 1790

£340                                                                            Aaron Burr

On Reverse:   W. Malcom

                   Bank of New York

                   ______ Boyle


   Thirty days after date I promise to pay Jacob Watson  Esquire or

order Eight thousand and five Hundred Dollars. Value Rec’d N. York

14th July 1795

Dollars $8,500                                                              Aaron Burr

On Reverse: Jacob Watson


Item 1) Aaron Burr, a civil lawyer, is requesting a Mr. Samuel Miles Hopkins, Esquire, a lawyer and court recorder, for access and permission to search Hopkins’ personal legal records for the years 1798 to 1803.

Item 2) and Item 3)  Aaron Burr had apparently borrowed money from a certain Mr. William Malcom in 1790 and later from Mr. Jacob Watson in 1795.The two respective promissory notes signed by Burr are included in the M-17 Special Collection. It is to be noted that Burr, during the 1790’s, lived fairly lavishly and often borrowed money

For an extended history on the subjects of this letter, please click here to view a PDF document.

Keywords from this document include: Aaron Burr, promissory notes, William Malcom, Jacob Watson, Samuel Miles Hopkins, New York State Court of Chancery, August James Frederick Prevost,, Theodosia Stillwell Bartow Prevost-Burr, Colonel James Mark Prevost, John Bartow Prevost,, Royal American 60th Regiment of Foot, American Revolution



Special thanks to Roman Beuc, St. Louis Mercantile Library Docent, for transcribing the letter as well as researching and compiling an extended history on the topic.


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For an extended history on the subjects of this letter, please click here to view a PDF document.

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