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DAVIS, Matthew L., author, born in 1766: died in Manhattanville, New York, 21 June 1850. He was by trade a printer, became a skilful writer, and attached himself to the political fortunes of Aaron Burr, whom he supported in his candidacy for the presidency. For many years he wrote letters from the national capital to the New York " Courier and Enquirer " under the pen name of " The Spy in Washington." He also corresponded with the London " Times," signing his letters " The Genevese Traveller." He was associated with Philip Freneau in the publication of the " Timepiece and Literary Companion" in New York City, which was begun on 15 September 1797, and ceased on 30 August of the following year. For many years before Burr's death Davis was his only intimate friend and associate. He published "Memoirs of Aaron Burr, with Miscellaneous Correspondence" (New York, 1836'7), and edited Burr's "Private Journal during his Residence in Europe" (1838).
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