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Excerpt from The Private Journal of Aaron Burr, Vol. 1 of 2: Reprinted in Full From the Original Manuscript in the Library of Mr. William K. Bixby, of St., Louis, Mo;, With an Introduction, Explanatory Notes, and Glossary
In 1783 Colonel Burr removed to New York city and soon shared with Alexander Hamilton the most important law business of the metropolis. One of their contemporaries thus compared them: As a lawyer and a scholar, Burr was not inferior to Hamilton. His reasoning powers were at least equal. Their modes of argument were very different. Hamilton was very diffuse and wordy. His words were well chosen, and his sentences so finely formed into a swelling current, that the bearer would be captivated. The listener would admire if he was not convinced. Burr's arguments were generally methodized and compact. I used to say of them when they were rivals at the bar, that Burr would say as much in half an hour as Hamilton in two hours. Burr was terse and convincing, while Hamilton was flowing and rapturous. They were much the greatest men in this state, and perhaps the greatest men in the United States.
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