Something I've seen mentioned a few times in passing is that the pistols used in the Ham/Burr duel belonged to Angelica's husband John Church - and that they were previously used in a duel between him and Burr. Do you know anything more about this duel between John Church and Burr? Bonus question: any recommendations for a Burr bio? I've been getting really interested in this weirdo and I think I want to read more about him.
So the Burr-Church duel happened over a conflict involving the Holland Company, which was a Dutch bank-based company that did speculation with American property. In New York, there were a lot of restrictions put on land owned by foreigners, so the Holland Company lobbied Burr to see if he could get the restrictions loosened. Burr suggested they just give money to the state legislature in return for more lenient laws. It worked. Burr then received a “loan” from the Holland Company in return, that he never paid back.
Church then used the word “bribery” in polite company to describe Burr’s actions, which was a no-no between gentlemen. Burr found out and immediately escalated the conflict to a duel. The two fired off a shot each - Burr’s missing entirely and Church’s nicking the button on Burr’s jacket - and before a second round could commence, Church apologized.
Like Laurens, there’s really no good Burr bio. You just kind of have to take Fallen Founder for what it’s worth.