9.75 x 7.75, 1 p., usual mail folds, lightly aged, includes a fine engraved portrait. Includes aContent: Hosack declines his election to the Board of Directors to the Phoenix Fire Insurance Company, "In the confidence placed in me by stockholders. in electing me on of the Directors, my professional commits will not permit me to accept the honor confrimed - Be so good as to make known to the Board at their meeting this evening my rejection of the office to which I have been elected." David Hosack, M.D., F.R.S. (Aug 1769 - Dec 1835) was a noted American physician, botanist, and educator. Hosack was the family doctor of Alexander Hamilton and family, and is perhaps best known as the doctor present during Hamilton's duel with Aaron Burr in Weehawken, New Jersey on July 11, 1804. Hosack, who was a friend to both Hamilton and Burr, treated Hamilton after Burr fired, and accompanied him across the river to the dockside home of William Bayard Jr., where Hamilton died the next day. Hosack had also treated Hamilton's son Philip after he was fatally shot by George Eacker in a duel at the same location in 1801. At Alexander Hamilton's funeral, Hosack was one of the pallbearers. Three years after the duel, Burr was tried and acquitted on a charge of treason for a conspiracy to form a new nation in the Louisiana Territory and Spanish Texas. Hosack loaned Burr money for passage on a ship to Europe, where Burr lived for several years in self-imposed exile to escape his creditors and the notoriety resulting from the trial. His contributions to society were much greater as the founder of a medical school at Rutgers, the founder and first president of the New York Horticultural Society, founder of the Elgin Botanic Gardens, and a patron to budding scientists and artists such as Samuel F Morse and Thomas Cole and Washington Irving. Hosack lost most of his real estate wealth in the Great Fire of New York in 1835 and died from a stroke a week later.