“Hamilton” is back in the news regarding decorum for political rivalry. So, that presents an opportunity. In fact, a “double opportunity” to share Our two posts regarding Alexander Hamilton’s duel with his political rival Aaron Burr.
First, here a few portions of Alexander Hamilton’s Statement on Impending Duel with Aaron Burr from 1804:
“I am conscious of no ill-will to Col Burr, distinct from political opposition, which, as I trust, has proceeded from pure and upright motives.
Lastly, I shall hazard much, and can possibly gain nothing by the issue of the interview.
[H]owever convinced myself that my opinions and declarations have been well founded… I have resolved, if our interview is conducted in the usual manner, and it pleases God to give me the opportunity, to reserve and throw away my first fire, and I have thoughts even of reserving my second fire—and thus giving a double opportunity to Col Burr to pause and to reflect.”
Now, Our previous posts on Alexander Hamilton :