The Gilder Lehrman Collection, on deposit at the New-York Historical Society
In his characteristically regular hand, Hamilton drops a political bombshell. With Jefferson and Burr tied in the presidential election of 1800, throwing the decision to the House of Representatives, Hamilton urged Federalists to back Jefferson: "In a choice of evils . . . Jefferson is in every view less dangerous than Burr." Burr never forgot who had cost him the presidency.