Within the Revolutionary generation, the leader with the best judge of talent and integrity was none other than George Washington. Tellingly, Gen. — and later, President — Washington wanted little to do with Aaron Burr Jr. 1772 (feature, Oct. 10), given the latter’s deserved reputation for intrigue of ­various sorts. 

Whether it be his ­well-documented moral deficiencies, or his infamous duel with the genius Alexander Hamilton, or his anti-American association with the nefarious James Wilkinson post-duel, Burr cannot be redeemed. He was a scoundrel, and we alumni must accept the fact that he is a notorious Princetonian.

Paul Matten ’84