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Burr, Hamilton, and JeffersonA Study in Character$
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Roger G. Kennedy

Print publication date: 2000

Print ISBN-13: 9780195140552

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195140552.001.0001

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Chapter 21

Chapter 21

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Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson

Roger G. Kennedy

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In the final days of 1806, Robert Ashley and Aaron Burr departed Natchez, riding eastward in disguise. Dr. John Cummins, the son-in-law of Peter Bruin, came along a few days later, entrusted with Burr's precious maps of the Gulf Coast, and began a long career vindicating Mississippi's judgment in favor of Burr. A disguise was necessary, because Thomas Jefferson had made Burr a hunted man. Believing that Burr had knowingly violated Judge Thomas Rodney's post-hoc parole, Cowles Mead joined the pack against him, adding an additional two thousand dollars to James Wilkinson's bounty. As Burr and Ashley rode through the winter woods of the Choctaw Cession toward the McIntosh Bluffs on the Tombigbee, they were also riding into the ambitions of Nicholas Perkins and Edmund Gaines. This chapter also discusses the attempt by Benjamin Hawkins, the government's chief representative among the Muskogee, to capture Burr; imprisonment of Justus Eric Bollmann, a physician, for helping Burr; the role of Elijah Clarke as a proto-Burr; and Fort Wilkinson.

Keywords:   Aaron Burr, Robert Ashley, John Cummins, Thomas Jefferson, Cowles Mead, Nicholas Perkins, Edmund Gaines, Benjamin Hawkins, Elijah Clarke, Fort Wilkinson

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