To Paul Busti1
New York, July 23, 1800. “From past transactions I have reason to think that it may be in contemplation to have an Agent for the Dutch Company, who will reside upon the lands, and be exclusively devoted to their interest having no other occupation or pursuit. Major Hoops2 has signified to me his wish to be this Agent and I have promised to mention him to you. The Major has many things in his favour. He is a man of sense, and has with all who know him the character of strict honor & I have understood he is well acquainted with surveying. He has been formerly employed in matters relating to land. And being a single man and having at present no other pursuit can devote himself entirely to the Service of the Company.…”
ALS, Gemeentearchief Amsterdam, Holland Land Company. In 1964 the Holland Land Company documents were transferred to their present location from the Nederlandsch Economisch-Historisch Archief, Amsterdam.
1. Busti, an Italian, had lived in Holland before coming to the United States. In 1796 the Holland Land Company had hired him to assist Théophile Cazenove as the company representative in the United States. When Cazenove returned to Holland in 1799, Busti was placed in charge of all the company’s interests in the United States.
2. Adam Hoops.