The Resource John Holker papers, (microform)

John Holker papers, (microform)

John Holker papers, 1777-1822
John Holker papers
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  • As a result of Holker's private trade ventures and official activities, this collection presents a general picture of the commerce in the U.S. during the Revolutionary War and provides materials on the history of the French economic and military assistance to the colonies. Includes Holker's correspondence as well as correspondence between Holker and his business partner Robert Morris. Also included are Le Ray de Chaumont's invoice book, navigational exercises, and a journal of a voyage from Boston to Madeira (Mar. 25-Apr. 11, 1805). Correspondents include the commercial Committee of the Continental Congress: Edward Bancroft (1744-1821); Simeon Deane; William Alexander Duer (1780-1858); Thomas FitzSimons (1741-1811); Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790); Henry Grand, Benjamin Harrison (ca. 1726-1791); Samuel Huntington (1731-1796); Joseph Reed (1741-1785); Matthew Ridley (1749-1789); John Rutledge (1739-1800): and William Turnball. Business letters include correspondence with A.D. Le Griffon (Baltimore, Md.); Roulhac & Companie (Edenton, N.C.); Daniel Bell (Boston, Mass); Daniel Parker (New York); William Smith (Baltimore, Md.); and John Ross, Turnbull, Marmie & Company (Philadelphia, Pa.)
  • The majority of correspondence after the war concerns Holker's private business affairs and his pursuits of settlement of his claim against Daniel Parker. For a brief summary of the nature of his dispute, see Holker's petition of June 16, 1817, to the President and Congress
  • In addition, there are accounts and correspondence for the purchase of horses for the French colony (1780), expenditures for the French fleet at Boston (1778-1780); returns of clothing issued to Lafayette's infantry (Sept. 26, 1780); sundry returns of French prisoners on board of the British prison ships Jersey, Scorpion, and others (1780); and an account of the loss of the ship Soucy, which contains a description of Simeon Deane of the capture and burning of Portsmouth, Virginia by the British (1779)
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Biographical or historical data
Holker was born, near Manchester, England, and sailed from France to America in 1778. He was a merchant and the French consul general in the U.S. and was the agent of the marine French fleet in America. He had a partnership with Robert Morris (1734-1806), William Turnbull and William Alexander Duer (1780-1858) and was a silent partner in the firm of Parker, Duer & Company (contractors for supplying provisions to the Continental Army).
Cataloging source
Location of originals duplicates
Library of Congress,
John Holker papers, (microform)
  • The Library of Virginia
Cumulative index finding aids
Contents of each reel,
Immediate source of acquisition
Library of Congress, Manuscript Division
Organization method
I. Reels 1-18: Holker letter and memoranda and Le Ray de Chaumont's invoice book (1777-1779). II. Reels 19-20: Morris-Holker corespondence (1778-1779), navigational exercises and a journal of a voyage from Boston to Madeira.
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Type of unit
reels (ca. 4,500 items)

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