Letter from Alexander Hamilton to Harrison G. Otis -- December 23, 1800 -- Introduction:
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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.

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