Burr arrived first on the ground as had been previously agreed.
When Genl Hamilton arrived the parties exchanged salutations
and the Seconds proceeded to make their arrangements. They measured
the distance, ten full paces, and cast lots for the choice of
position as also to determine whom the word should be given,
both of which fell to the Second of Genl Hamilton. They then
proceeded to load the pistols in each others presence, after
which the parties took their stations. The Gentleman who was
to give the word, then explained to the parties the rules which
were to govern them in firing which were as follows:
parties being placed at their stations – The Second who
gives the word shall ask them whether they are ready –
being answered in the affirmative, he shall say “present”
after which the parties shall present & fire when they pelase.
If one fires before the opposite shall say one, two, three,
fire, and he shall fire or loose his fire.
asked if they were prepared, being answered in the affirmative,
he gave the word present as had been agreed on. And both of
the parties took aim & fired in succession. The intervening
time is not expressed as the seconds do not precisely agree
on that point. The pistols were discharged within a few seconds
of each other and the fire of Col Burr took effect; Genl Hamilton
almost instantly fell, Col Burr then advanced toward Genl H—n
with a manner and gesture that appeared to Genl Hamilton’s
friend to be expressive of regret, but without Speaking turned
about & withdrew….