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1405, 26 Sep 16

“content with nothing short of permanent power”

Alexander Hamilton wrote the following missive as part of a letter explaining why he was supporting Thomas Jefferson in the election of 1800 instead of Aaron Burr. He did not like Thomas Jefferson either, but supported him as the lesser of two evils. Unfortunately, Hamilton’s description would apply to either of the major candidates this year.

Mr. Burr loves nothing but himself – thinks of nothing but his own aggrandizement – and will be content with nothing short of permanent power in his own hands – No compact, that he should make with any passion in his breast except Ambition, could be relied upon by himself – How then should we be able to rely upon any agreement with him?  …Mr. Burr will dare every thing in the sanguine hope of effecting every thing.


1405, 26 September 2016


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