REVIEWS celibate life. The second point was that Burr, far from being a libertine (a label often applied to him), had a code of sexual ethics thatâwhile it would not have passed muster with his grandfather Jonathan Edwardsâ was far stricter than that of many of his male contemporaries. Burr was faithful to both his wives (the authors view the accusation of adultery in his second marriage as a legal collusion for the purpose of obtaining a divorce). He did not sleep with other menâs wives or mistresses (and, as this reviewer would add, he did not sleep with slaves). Â´ Â´ This book also includes an essay on Burrâs protege, the artist John Vanderlyn, by Katherine Woltz, the leading expert on Vanderlynâs work. Vanderlyn was living in Paris at the time and often met with Burr. This relationship, as well as Vanderlynâs paintings, had political overtones which Woltz thoroughly analyzes.This is a fascinating book from which the reader will learn much. Su zann e Ge iss ler is professor of history at William Paterson University and the author of Jonathan Edwards to Aaron Burr, Jr.: From the Great Awakening to Democratic Politics (Lewiston, NY, 1981). Her most
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