Who was worse: Alexander Hamilton or Aaron Burr? Hamilton is in vogue at present, but only because of the efforts of liars like Ron Chernow, who has spent his career licking the boots of prominent bankers. Hamilton bought and sold slaves. According to his grandson, Allan McLane Hamilton, Hamilton owned slaves. Hamilton loved crony capitalism. Hamilton taxed poor farmers and goaded them into rebellion - the Whiskey Rebellion. He insisted on a brutal military occupation of western Pennsylvania. Hamilton urged war with France around 1800 because he desired military glory. Burr murdered Hamilton (who had resolved to throw away his first fire). Burr also committed treason. He plotted with foreign powers to detach large regions of the U.S. The British Minister, Anthony Merry, reported: "I am encouraged to report to your Lordship the substance of some secret communications which [Burr] has sought to make to me since he has been out of office...Mr. Burr has mentioned to me that the inhabitants of Louisiana [the lands recently purchased from France] seem determined to render themselves independent of the United States and the execution of their design is only delayed by the difficulty of obtaining previously an assurance of protection and assistance from some foreign power....It is clear that Mr. Burr means to endeavor to be the instrument for effecting such a connection....He pointed out the great commercial advantage which his Majesty's dominions in general would derive from furnishing almost exclusively (as they might through Canada and New Orleans) the inhabitants of so extensive a territory....Mr. Burr observed it would be too dangerous and even premature to disclose to me at present the full extent and detail of the plan he had formed....In regard to military aid, he said, two or three frigates and the same number of smaller vessels to be stationed at the mouth of the Mississippi to prevent its being blockaded by such force as the United States could send, and to keep open the communications with the sea would be the whole that would be wanted; and in respect to money the loan of about one hundred thousand pounds would, he conceived, be sufficient for the immediate purposes of the enterprise."