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In the production of Hamilton, during the song "Your Obedient Servant", which imagines the conversation between Aaron Burr and Hamilton shortly before their duel, the following exchange happens:

[HAMILTON]

I am not the reason no one trusts you

No one knows what you believe

I will not equivocate on my opinion

I have always worn it on my sleeve

Even if I said what you think I said

You would need to cite a more specific grievance

Here’s an itemized list of thirty years of disagreements

[BURR]

Sweet Jesus

Is this just a throwaway line from the show, or did Hamilton really write such a list?

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    "A line from the song, "Here's an itemized list of 30 years of disagreements", is an homage to Leslie Knope from Parks & Recreation." Wikipedia, and "The line "An itemized list of 30 years of disagreements" is not a reference to any real document, rather a reference to Parks and Recreation, in which Leslie Knope says the same line." Duel Correspondence – Mark C. Wallace Sep 24 '20 at 18:14
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In regards their infamous duel the website Founders Online lists Correspondence authored by Hamilton

  1. From Alexander Hamilton to Aaron Burr, 20 June 1804 (Hamilton Papers)

  2. From Alexander Hamilton to Aaron Burr, 22 June 1804 (Hamilton Papers)

and Correspondence authored by Burr:

  1. To Alexander Hamilton from Aaron Burr, 18 June 1804 (Hamilton Papers)

  2. To Alexander Hamilton from Aaron Burr, 21 June 1804 (Hamilton Papers)

  3. To Alexander Hamilton from Aaron Burr, 22 June 1804 (Hamilton Papers)

In his response of June 20, 1804 (no. 9 above), Hamilton writes:

Repeating, that I cannot reconcile it with propriety to make the acknowlegement, or denial, you desire—I will add, that I deem it inadmissible, on principle, to consent to be interrogated as to the justness of the inferences, which may be drawn by others, from whatever I may have said of a political opponent in the course of a fifteen years competition. If there were no other objection to it, this is sufficient, that it would tend to expose my sincerity and delicacy to injurious imputations from every person, who may at any time have conceived the import of my expressions differently from what I may then have intended, or may afterwards recollect.

in which I note particularly "... from whatever I may have said of a political opponent in the course of a fifteen years competition."

This reference seems close enough to be the origin of the phrase inquired on: "Here’s an itemized list of thirty years of disagreements". That seems to have wound its way from Hamilton and Burr, to Leslie Knope in Parks & Recreation, and back again to Hamilton and Burr, with a little embellishment at each step.

  • that's interesting! What happened with Parks & Recreation? – capet Oct 14 '20 at 13:42

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