HOSACK (August 31, 1769 – December 22, 1835) was a noted American physician,
botanist and educator, widely known for tending to Alexander Hamilton after his
duel with Aaron Burr in July 1804. He had also tended to the injuries of Hamilton’s
son Philip after his fatal 1801 duel with George Eacker. He established several institutions including
the medical school at Rutgers University. Hosack transferred to Princeton and graduated in 1789. Three years after the Burr-Hamilton duel,
Burr was tried and acquitted on a charge of treason for conspiring to form a
new nation in Louisiana Territory and Spanish Texas. Hosack loaned Burr the
money for passage on a ship to Europe,
where Burr lived in self-imposed exile for several years to escape his
creditors and the notoriety from the trial. Hosack was the founder and first
president of the New York Horticultural Society, the first such organization in
America. He brought in English botanist Sir James Edward Smith and John Adams,
Thomas Jefferson, James Madison and the Marquis de Lafayette, naming them honorary
Hosack’s autograph with sentiments, “For Col. Stone from his obliged friend D Hosack.” On paper from The American Medical and Philosophical Register.
Tipped to another sheet. Light foxing. Cut close on the right, affecting the latter portion of the letter K in Hosack’s name.
Fine early Americana.
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