Tension rose with Hamilton's journalistic defamation of Burr's character during the 1804 New York gubernatorial race, in which Burr was a candidate.
The duel was fought at a time when the practice was being outlawed in the northern United States, and it had immense political ramifications.
Mr. morris delivered the eulogy at Hamilton's funeral on July 14 at Trinity Church (the grave is at the south side of the church yard). He organized a secret subscription among Hamilton's friends to pay off his debts and support his family. He also helped organize Hamilton's papers, which had been left in “wretched disorder.