Alexander Hamilton Papers

From Alexander Hamilton to John Holker, [29 January 1789]

To John Holker1

[New York, January 29, 1789]

I certify that I am willing and do hereby accept the brief reposed in me as a Commissioner by virtue of a certain instrument bearing date the thirty first day of December in the year one thousand seven hundred and Eighty Eight made between Daniel Parker by his Attorney Andrew Craigie John Holker William Duer Samuel Rogers by the said Andrew Craigie Royal Flint and divers Creditors of the parties of the first second & third parts in New York January 29th 1789.

Alexander Hamilton

To John Holker Esqr.
or whomsoever it may Concern

ADS, American Antiquarian Society, Worcester, Massachusetts.

1Holker had been French consul in Philadelphia during the Revolution, and after the war engaged in various business enterprises in Philadelphia. Between 1787 and 1791 he was associated with Andrew Craigie in the settlement of the affairs of the bankrupt Daniel Parker and Company. Near the end of 1788 Craigie reached an agreement with the company’s chief creditors that the terms of the settlement should be decided by a board of trustees which would include creditors of Daniel Parker and Company. William Seton, John Murray, Jonathan Burrall, John Ross, Holker, and H were asked to serve as commissioners on the board of arbitration. On January 25, 1791, Craigie wrote to Holker: “All the gentlemen have agreed to act except Mr. Hamilton who has but lately returned from the country & has it now under consideration” (Davis, Essays description begins Joseph Stancliffe Davis, Essays in the Earlier History of American Corporations (“Harvard Economic Studies,” XVI [Cambridge, 1917]). description ends , II, 257).

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