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David Hosack Family Papers

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Hosack, David, 1769-1835

David Hosack (1769-1835), a physician, botanist, and educator, was born in New York City. He began his education at Columbia College (Columbia University) but later transferred to the College of New Jersey (Princeton University) and graduated in 1789. After completing additional studies at the College of Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania) and the University of Edinburgh, he became a professor of natural history and materia medica at Columbia College, while maintaining his own private medical practice. Hosack became well-known in the medical field during the yellow fever epidemic of 1797-1798, and he was the attending physician at the Aaron Burr-Alexander Hamilton duel. He also established the Elgin Botanical Gardens and was one of the founders of the New York Historical Society and Bellevue Hospital.

Hosack's second wife was Mary Eddy, sister of Thomas Eddy (1758-1827) of Philadelphia. Eddy was a prominent philanthropist and prison reformer. Hosack's son, Alexander Eddy Hosack (1805-1871), became a surgeon.

Hosack, David, 1769-1835

David Hosack (1769-1835), a physician, botanist, and educator, was born in New York City. He began his education at Columbia College (Columbia University) but later transferred to the College of New Jersey (Princeton University) and graduated in 1789. After completing additional studies at the College of Philadelphia (University of Pennsylvania) and the University of Edinburgh, he became a professor of natural history and materia medica at Columbia College, while maintaining his own private medical practice. Hosack became well-known in the medical field during the yellow fever epidemic of 1797-1798, and he was the attending physician at the Aaron Burr-Alexander Hamilton duel. He also established the Elgin Botanical Gardens and was one of the founders of the New York Historical Society and Bellevue Hospital.

Hosack's second wife was Mary Eddy, sister of Thomas Eddy (1758-1827) of Philadelphia. Eddy was a prominent philanthropist and prison reformer. Hosack's son, Alexander Eddy Hosack (1805-1871), became a surgeon.

The collection consists of a group of personal and family papers of David Hosack (1769-1835, Princeton Class of 1789), mainly concerning family estates and tracts of land owned by David Hosack in the Lackawanna River valley of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. There is correspondence of David Hosack and his brother-in-law, Thomas Eddy (1758-1827), with Ebenezer Bowman, John Conyngham, James Griffin, Jacob Cist, and others, as well as a small amount of correspondence of Hosack's son, Alexander E. Hosack (1805-1871), and Eddy's son, Thomas Eddy, Jr., and some related correspondence between others. Also present are deeds and indentures of the Hosack family in New York and Pennsylvania; wills, inventories, and other estate papers for Henry A. Coster, David Hosack, and Sophia H. Hosack; and various survey reports, notes on coal deposits, lists of land warrants, and maps of the land tracts in Luzerne County. Among the printed materials are a notice of land for sale in Luzerne County (1819) by David Hosack, a survey report for a proposed railroad in the Lackawanna and Wyoming coal valleys (1831), and clippings related to coal mining.

This collection was formerly referred to as the David Hosack Collection.

Emily Stuart found the papers in the basement of her home at 34 Mercer Street in Princeton in 1988 or early 1989.

Gift of Emily Stuart in 1989 (AM 90-67).

This collection was processed in 1995. Finding aid written in 1995.

The finding aid was revised by Kelly Bolding in 2018.

No appraisal information is available.

Publisher
Manuscripts Division
Finding Aid Author
Kelly Bolding
Finding Aid Date
2002
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research use.

Use Restrictions

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Collection Inventory

Scope and Contents

Consists of correspondence of David Hosack, as well as Alexander E. Hosack (son), Thomas Eddy (brother-in-law), and Thomas Eddy, Jr. (son of Thomas Eddy), as well as some correspondence between others. Most regards family estates and land-related matters.

Physical Description

1 box

Physical Description

1 box

Letters by David Hosack, 1816-1835. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

3 signed letters to Ebenezer Bowman and John Conyngham.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letters to David Hosack, 1815-1835. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

15 signed letters, including 9 from Ebenezer Bowman, 1 from James Griffin, 1 from Benjamin Wright, 1 from Jacob Cist, and 4 from John N. Conyngham.

Physical Description

1 folder

Alexander E. Hosack, 1838-1842. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes 1 letter by Chester Butler regarding James Griffin (December 15, 1842), along with a manuscript copy of a deposition given by Alexander E. Hosack, which references the letter, about James Griffin and the estate of David Hosack (March 27, 1838).

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1 folder

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1 box

Letters by Thomas Eddy, 1814-1846. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

4 letters to Ebenezer Bowman, Jacob Cist, and James Griffin.

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1 folder

Letters to Thomas Eddy, 1797-1826. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

18 letters by George Eddy (brother), Josiah Lewis, Isaac A. Chapman, Matthias Hollenback, Ebenezer Bowman, Jacob Cist, and Peleg Tracy.

Physical Description

1 folder

Physical Description

1 box

Letters by Thomas Eddy, Jr., 1818-1827. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

9 letters, including 5 to Thomas Eddy, Sr. (father), 1 to J. Bennett, 2 to Coleman Fisher, and 1 to Henry Drinker.

Physical Description

1 folder

Letters to Thomas Eddy, Jr., 1818-1819. 1 folder.
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7 letters by Henry Drinker and Coleman Fisher.

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1 folder

Correspondence of Others, 1813-1916. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

6 letters, including from Henry Drinker to Samuel Fisher (1813); Jacob List to "Dear Sir" (1825); James Stott to Thomas Meredith (1836); Henry E. Gilpin to Edward Emmet, including a document regarding the estate of Angelica Church Hart (1902); Rolston and Horan Turner to Edward Emmet regarding the estate of Sophia Hosack (1903); and Edward Emmet to "Minnie" regarding the estate of Eliza B. Hosack (1916).

Physical Description

1 folder

Scope and Contents

Consists of deeds, indentures, surveys, and estate documents related to the property of David Hosack and members of his family.

Physical Description

1 box

Hosack Family Deeds and Indentures, 1797-1859. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

18 documents from New York City and Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

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1 folder

Henry A. Coster Estate Documents, 1820. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes inventory documents.

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1 folder

David Hosack Estate Documents, 1836-1838. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes notices and inventory documents.

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1 folder

Sophia H. Hosack Estate Documents, 1887-1891. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes a will, memoranda, and appraisals. Sophia Hosack was the widow of Nathaniel Pendelton Hosack of New York. She died on April 22, 1891.

Physical Description

1 folder

Hosack Property Land Surveys and Field Notes, 1818-1847. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes information on Hosack property, including one memorandum by Thomas Eddy, Jr., regarding Legates Creek, Lackawanna, Pennsylvania (1818); 1 memorandum book by Thomas Eddy Jr. regarding tracts of land on the Lacakawanna River, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania (1819); one memorandum book by Thomas Eddy, Jr. regarding land owned by Hollenback, Fisher and Hosack on Lackawanna River, (1819); one survey field notes - Spring Brook tract owned by David Hosack, by Calbin Stockbridge (1825); one survey field notes - Spring Brook tract owned by David Hosack, by Henry Colt (1825); one report on lands in Lackawanna Valley (Hosack estate) by W. Young to Nathaniel P. Hosack (1847); and one memorandum of land purchase by Lord Butler (undated).

Physical Description

1 folder

Hosack Property Financial Documents and Land Warrants, 1793-1904. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

Maps of Lackawanna River Valley, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, 1815-1829. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Consists of 7 maps of lands owned by David Hosack and others in Lackawanna River valley, Luzerne County, Pennsylvania.

Physical Description

1 folder

Printed Matter Related to Land Sales and Coal Mining, 1819-1848. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

Includes a notice of land for sale in Luzerne County by David Hosack (1819), a report on Schuylkill coal miners (1829), a "Report of an Experimental Survey of Part of the Proposed Railroad from the Wyoming and Lackawanna Coal Valleys by Way of Carbondale - Lanesboro - Great Bend - and Chengango Point to Owego, N.Y." by civil engineer James Seymour (1831), a notice regarding coal duty (1832), and newspaper clippings regarding coal (circa 1840-1848) including a clipping from the Luzerne Democrat (July 7, 1847).

Physical Description

1 folder

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