A[aron] Burr to [Benjamin Franklin Butler], 3 December 1818
The proceeding are the answers of G. W. P. and Aug J. P to your questions, of which a copy is prepared.
The general rule as to <illegible> is undoubtedly as the atty genl. States. There can be no objection to the proposed amendment. Perhaps it may be deemed necessary. We can hereafter provide for the trial of issues of fact if any should be joined.
In the suit of Simons (in Chany) so many difficulties have occurred in framing the answer and so many objections to the making of the disclosures required, until Morton's suit shall be further advanced, that I have resolved not to answer fully for G. W. P. (the admr.); but for reasons which will be stated, to deny the right of the Comptr. to require the disclosures they pray. To this the Comptr.will be driven to except and then this preliminary question will be settled & then also, some months ^of time & <illegible> the cause,^ will be gained. For all the other Defts. who are here, I have drawn disclaimers.
Major A. P.'s answer may, I should think, state ^that he has paid —(abt. 20000 ^^<illegible>^^ / and has recd^ nothing. He does not now, nor ever did hold any of the Land.