Lin-Manuel Miranda, Original Broadway Cast of Hamilton, Daveed Diggs, Okieriete Onaodowan, Leslie Odom, Jr.
Mister Vice President Mister Madison Senator Burr What is this? We have the check stubs, from separate accounts Almost a thousand dollars, paid in different amounts To a Mister James Reynolds way back in Seventeen ninety-one Is that what you have, are you done? You are uniquely situated by virtue of your position Though ‘virtue’ is not a word I’d apply to this situation To seek financial gain, to stray from your sacred mission And the evidence suggests you’ve engaged in speculation An immigrant embezzling our government funds I can almost see the headline, your career is done I hope you saved some money for your daughter and sons Ya best g'wan run back where ya come from Ha you don’t even know what you’re asking me to confess Confess You have nothing, I don’t have to tell you anything at all Unless Unless If I can prove that I never broke the law Do you promise not to tell another soul what you saw? No one else was in the room where it happened Is that a yes? Um, yes Dear Sir, I hope this letter finds you in good health And in a prosperous enough position to put wealth In the pockets of people like me, down on their luck You see, that was my wife who you decided to What She courted me Escorted me to bed and when she had me in a corner That’s when Reynolds extorted me For a sordid fee I paid him quarterly I may have mortally wounded my prospects But my papers are orderly As you can see I kept a record of every check in my checkered history Check it again against your list n’ see consistency I never spent a cent that wasn’t mine You sent the dogs after my scent, that’s fine Yes, I have reasons for shame But I have not committed treason and sullied my good name As you can see I have done nothing to provoke legal action Are my answers to your satisfaction? My God Gentlemen, let’s go So? The people won't know what we know Burr How do I know you won’t use this against me The next time we go toe to toe? Alexander, rumors only grow And we both know what we know
Written by: Lin-Manuel Miranda
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