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Guide to the Aaron Burr letter and receipt 1977.581

128 Pierrepont Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11201

Brooklyn Historical Society

Collection processed by Nicholas Pavlik

This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit on November 17, 2011
English using Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Descriptive Summary

Creator: Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836
Title: Aaron Burr letter and receipt
Dates [inclusive]: 1789-1790
Quantity: 0.01 Linear feet in one folder.
Text [Box]: A0072
Call Phrase: 1977.581
Sponsor: This collection was processed and described as part of the project, "Uncovering the Secrets of Brooklyn's 19th Century Past: Creation to Consolidation," funded by the Council on Library and Information Resources, with additional support from The Gladys Krieble Delmas Foundation.

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Biographical Note

Aaron Burr (1756-1836) was a prominent American lawyer and politician who resided in New York, N.Y. beginning in 1783. He held various influential positions throughout the late 18th century, including Representative in the New York State Assembly from 1784 to 1785 and 1797 to 1799, Attorney General of New York State from 1789 to 1791, and U.S. Senator from New York from 1791 to 1799. He was also U.S. President Thomas Jefferson's Vice President from 1801 to 1805.

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Scope and Contents note

Photostat copies of a letter from Aaron Burr to the inhabitants of the town of Gravesend in Kings County, N.Y. regarding a property dispute with Albert Voorhies, and a receipt for Burr's legal services. The original documents date from 1789 and 1790. The dispute referred to in the documents began in 1789, when Gravesend resident Albert Voorhies tried to restrict common fishing rights on his property. Residents of Gravesend took Voorhies to court to dispute this restriction and won.

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Access Points

Subject Names

  • Burr, Aaron, 1756-1836

Document Type

  • Correspondence
  • Receipts (financial records)

Subject Topics

  • Actions and defenses -- New York (State) -- Kings County
  • Lawyers -- New York (State) -- New York
  • Real property -- New York (State) -- Kings County

Subject Places

  • Brooklyn (New York, N.Y.)
  • Gravesend (New York, N.Y.)

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Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers without restriction.

Preferred Citation

Identification of item, date (if known); Aaron Burr letter and receipt, 1977.581, Box and Folder number; Brooklyn Historical Society.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of James A. Kelly, 1965.

Processing Information note

Minimally processed to the collection level.

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