Chapter 14

Roger G. Kennedy

in Burr, Hamilton, and Jefferson

Published in print September 2000 | ISBN: 9780195140552
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199848775 | DOI:
Chapter 14

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In his December 17, 1803, letter to Aaron Burr extolling the glories of Florida, Jacob Lewis urged him to seek out John McQueen as the source of “the necessary information”. In 1797 and 1798, McQueen opposed British privateers by installing the Queseda Battery. McQueen was one of the operators of slavedriven plantations across the border in the United States, though in justice to him, he seems to have had his own ideas about slavery, albeit none so radical as those of William Augustus Bowles or Burr. This chapter discusses Burr's arrival at Fort George Island in 1804; his meeting with John Houstoun McIntosh and his lady, Eliza Bayard; his travel through Campbelltown whose hinterland, Cumberland and Scotland counties, had manifested their preference for him over Thomas Jefferson in the previous three presidential elections; Burr's time in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia; and his participation in the impeachment trial of Samuel Chase of Maryland, whom the Republicans in the House of Representatives had voted to impeach.

Keywords: Aaron Burr; Florida; Jacob Lewis; John McQueen; Fort George Island; slavery; William Augustus Bowles; John Houstoun McIntosh; Virginia; Samuel Chase

Chapter.  6584 words. 

Subjects: History of the Americas

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