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In this letter to Christopher Arms, Rudolphus Dickenson tells his friend of an incident involving both violence and mischief that occurred while he was attending Yale. This type of rowdy (and sometimes dangerous) behavior was common in the world of the college undergraduate in the early republic. Dickenson also reports on hearing news of the duel between Aaron Burr and Alexander Hamilton, remarking that Hamilton was the greatest "law character" in America. It is interesting to note that the two political parties celebrated the Fourth of July separately, rather than jointly. Dickenson's reference to the navy of the Isle of Deerfield must be a private joke.


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Letter to Christopher Tyler Arms from Rodolphus Dickinson on Independence and duel between Burr and Hamilton

author   Rodolphus Dickinson (1786-1862)
date   Jul 12, 1804
location   New Haven, Connecticut
width   8.0"
height   13.0"
process/materials   manuscript, paper, ink
item type   Personal Documents/Letter
accession #   #L07.048

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"HYMN - For Fourth July--1826"

Toasts for Independence

"Temperance in Schools" article from Gazette and Mercury newspaper

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