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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hamilton, Alexander 1757- (search)
ed his defeat to him. Burr, defeated and politically ruined, evidently determined on revenge—a revenge that nothing but the life of Hamilton would satiate. Dr. Charles Cooper, of Albany, had dined with Hamilton at the table of Judge Taylor, where Hamilton spoke freely of Burr's political conduct and principles only, to which he declared himself hostile. Dr. Cooper, in his zeal, just before the election, in published letters, said: Duel between Hamilton and Burr. Hamilton and Kent both consider Burr, politically, as a dangerous man, and unfit for the office of governor. He also wrote that Hamilton and Kent both thought that Burr ought not to be trusted an expression. Several notes passed between Hamilton and Burr, through the hands of friends, in one of which Hamilton frankly said that the conversation which Dr. Cooper alluded to turned wholly on political topics, and did not attribute to Colonel Burr any instance of dishonorable conduct, nor relate to his private character; a
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Hayne, Robert young -1839 (search)
ion are already sown, and our children will reap the bitter fruit. The honorable gentleman from Massachusetts (Mr. Webster), while he exonerates me personally from the charge, intimates that there is a party in the country who are looking to disunion. Sir, if the gentleman had stopped there the accusation would have passed by me as the idle wind, which I regard not. But when he goes on to give to his accusation a local habitation and a name by quoting the expression of South Carolina (Dr. Cooper), that it was time for the South to calculate the value of the Union, and in the language of the bitterest sarcasm adds, Surely, then, the Union cannot last longer than July, 1831, it is impossible to mistake either the allusion or the object of the gentleman. Now, Mr. President, I call upon every one who hears me to bear witness that this controversy is not of my seeking. The Senate will do me the justice to remember that at the time this unprovoked and uncalled — for attack was made u