Aaron Burr letter to Rev. John Gano

Abstract

The Aaron Burr letter to Rev. John Gano (dated 1793-1802, undated; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 folder) consists of a one page letter from Burr to Gano, a small lithographic portrait of Burr in 1802 when he was Vice President of the United States, and a typescript of the letter.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Aaron Burr letter to Rev. John Gano
Extent
0.01 Cubic Feet
Subjects
Letters.
Lithography.
Arrangement
Collection is arranged chronologically.
Finding Aid Author
Carol Street
Preferred Citation
2006ms047 : [identification of item], Aaron Burr letter to Rev. John Gano, 17 June 1793, University of Kentucky Special Collections Research Center.
Repository
University of Kentucky

Collection Overview

Biography / History
Aaron Burr (1756-1836) was born in New Jersey to Aaron Burr, Sr. and Esther Edwards. His parents died when Burr was still young and he was raised by an uncle. Burr studied at the College of New Jersey, later known as Princeton University, before joining the Continental Army to fight in the American Revolution. He rose to the rank of lieutenant colonel before resigning from service. He went on to become a lawyer with a practice in New York City and then embarked on his political career as an attorney general, senator, and vice president. In 1804, while serving as vice president, Burr challenged Alexander Hamilton, the former treasury secretary, to a duel at Weehauken, New Jersey. The resulting political repercussions from fatally wounding Hamilton led Burr to leave the country and he didn't return until 1812. His latter years involved poverty as well as the deaths of his beloved daughter and grandson. He died at Staten Island, New York, in 1836.
Reverend John Gano (1727-1804) was a Calvinist Baptist who served as a soldier and chaplain for the Continental Army during the American Revolution. He was chosen by General George Washington to say a prayer marking the official end of the war in 1783. After the war he returned the First Baptist Church in New York, New York, the church he founded in 1760 and where he served until 1787. He then moved to Kentucky, where he remained until his death.
John Edwards (1748-1837) was born in Stafford County, Virginia, to Hayden and Penelope (Sanford) Edwards. He served in the Revolutionary War. After the war he moved to Lincoln County, Kentucky, which was one of the three original counties of the Kentucky District of Virginia. In 1792, Edwards participated in the drafting of Kentucky's first state constitution and was also elected as one of the state's first two senators. He served as a senator until 1795, when he then served in the Kentucky State House and later the Senate. Edwards died at his Bourbon County plantation in 1837.
Scope and Content
The Aaron Burr letter to Rev. John Gano (dated 1793-1802, undated; 0.1 cubic feet; 1 folder) consists of a one page letter from Burr to Gano, a small lithographic portrait of Burr in 1802 when he was Vice President of the United States, and a typescript of the letter. In the letter, Burr delivers pleasantries and praises John Edwards, one of Kentucky's first senators. The letter should be handled carefully due to tears where it has been creased.

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Contents of the Collection

Aaron Burr letter to Rev. John Gano, 1793 June 17

  • Box 45, folder 1
Letter transcript: New York 17 June 1793 Sir, I must intreat your pardon to having so long omitted to acknowledge the favor of your letter by your very valuable friend, C. A. Edwards. It is with much sincerity that I thank you for the introduction. His sound, good sense, his firm and unshaken integrity, and the benevolence of his heart, justly entitle him to the esteem and respect of every good citizen. The State of Kentucky can never be represented by a man better acquainted with it's interests or more sincerely attached to it's wellfare. It gives me much pleasure to hear of the prosperity of yourself and family, Very respectfully, Sir, Yr. Ob. Srvt. Aaron Burr
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Typescript of letter from Aaron Burr to Rev. John Gano, 1793 June 17, undated

  • Box 45, folder 1
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Aaron Burr portrait lithograph, 1802

  • Box 45, folder 1
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