The Resource Collection filed under Accession 22174

Collection filed under Accession 22174

Inclusive dates
  • Records, 1763-1829, of John Hook (1746-1808), a merchant of Bedford and Franklin Counties, Virginia. Includes three letter book volumes, 1 August 1763-28 May 1772; 1 June 1772-May 1774; 30 July 1774-16 April 1784, containing information on Hook's mercantile activities and partnerships, analyses of trade opportunities, and dealings with several Scottish merchants prominent in colonial Virginia. Correspondence between Hook and David Ross (ca. 1739-1817) also appears as does letters with other members of the Hook family. This collection also has correspondence, 1772-1809, 1829, and n. d., both to and from John Hook concerning his business affairs and lawsuits stemming from his business dealings. There also is a separate series containing legal files pertaining to David Ross' lawsuits
  • Series I. Letter books, 1763-1784. The earliest letter book, 1763-1772, contains correspondence addressed from Warwick, Warwick County, Virginia, while he was employed by James and Robert Donald. The second letter book, 1772-1774, principally contains correspondence to David Ross concerning business affairs. There is also correspondence concerning Hook's efforts to settle his accounts with James and William Donald and Jeffrey Gresley. A letter to Thomas Jefferson concerns an offer by Hook to sell him 282 acres. The third letter book, 1774-1784, contain further information concerning Hook's business and legal affairs. There also is a letter to Thomas Jefferson concerning tobacco sold by Hook to one of Jefferson's oversears. Principal correspondents in these three volumes include Ross, Shore and Company, Robert Donald and Company, and Hook family members
  • Series II. Correspondence, 1772-1808, 1829. Includes letters both to and from John Hook. Topics include prices of goods, trade and market conditions, military operations during the Revolutionary War, and the progress of the legal suits to which Hook was a party. Principal correspondents are Edmund Randolph, David Ross, and Andrew Lewis
  • Series III. Legal Files, 1775-1809 and n.d. Principally contains the non-correspondence files pertaining to John Hook's lawsuits and legal affairs. Of note are documents concerning charges brought against Hook by the Bedford County Committee of Safety as an enemy to the Revolution. A letter from Hook addressing the charges along with his subsequent loyalty oath are included
  • Series IV. Building Plan, 1772. This is a copy of a building plan for a store to be erected in New London, Bedford County, Virginia
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Additional physical form
  • Letter books, 1763-1772, 1774-1784,
  • Also available on microfilm (Miscellaneous reel 642).
Biographical or historical data
John Hook (1746-1808) was the son of Henry Hook, a manufacturer of Glasgow, Scotland. John Hook arrived in the United States from Scotland in 1858. He married Elizabeth Smith of Goochland County circa 1772. They then settled in New London, Bedford County, where he kept a store until 1784, when he moved to Halesford, Franklin County. Hook was a party in a number of lawsuits, the most notable being the sequestration proceedings brought against him by Richmond merchant and former partner David Ross.
Cataloging source
Form designation
Collection filed under Accession 22174
Collection filed under Accession 22174
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
  • Detailed accession analysis with list of correspondents
  • Inventory
Organization method
Organized into the following four series: I. Letter books, 1763-1784; II. Correspondence, 1772-1808, 1829; III. Legal Files, 1775-1809 and n.d.; and IV. Building Plan, 1772.
Reproduction note
Negative photostats.
Type of unit
cu. ft. (2 boxes)

Library Locations

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      37.5415632 -77.4360805
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