Chapter 13

Roger G. Kennedy

in Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780195140552
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848775 | DOI:
Chapter 13

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During his retreat, Burr probably rode around Philadelphia. Though Benjamin Rush, Alexander Dallas, and the Biddles provided support, it would become obvious to everyone that a place at greater remove from Weehawken might be more convenient. Owen Biddle suggested Norfolk, a port city in which both he and Burr had many friends. But letters of introduction and pills had to be procured. The letters were to placate Spanish officials of Florida, and pills were needed because Georgia and Florida were even more notorious as a miasma of tropical disease than the lowlands of the Carolinas. Jacob Lewis and Pierce Butler directed Burr's energies toward Florida. This chapter chronicles Burr's travel to Florida, the cotton industry and Baron von Steuben, General Nathaniel Greene, Eli Whitney and his invention of the cotton gin, and Burr's encounters with the McIntosh clan including Lachlan McIntosh and John Houstoun McIntosh. Both Burr and Lachlan McIntosh opposed slavery, and both held other opinions which set them apart from those of the next generation of McIntoshes.

Keywords: Aaron Burr; Philadelphia; Norfolk; Florida; Georgia; Jacob Lewis; Pierce Butler; cotton industry; Lachlan McIntosh; slavery

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Subjects: History of the Americas

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