Hope And Company , a firm of Amsterdam bankers, established in the 17th century by Henry Hope, a Scottish gentleman. One of the leading members of the house in the early part of this century, when it was in the zenith of its prosperity, was Henry Hope, who was born in the United States, the son of a Scottish loyalist who had settled in Boston. This Henry Hope lived some time in Quincy, Mass., and was a poor youth when he emigrated from that place to England in the latter part of the 18th century. Mr. John Williams, an Englishman, who married his niece, and who assumed the name of John Williams Hope, and afterward that of John Hope, was the manager of the establishment. Among the silent partners were Adrian Hope, Henry Philip Hope, and Thomas Hope, the author of "Anastasius." The ablest active partner was Peter Caesar La-bouchere, who entered the house in the capacity of a clerk, and who married in 1796 a daughter of Sir Francis Baring. The relationship with the Baring family was continued by his son, the late Lord Taunton, whose first wife was a daughter of Sir Thomas Baring. In concert with the house of Baring, the Hopes negotiated the great loan with France after the withdrawal of the allied armies, and several other loans.
The governments with which the house of Hope entertain the most intimate financial relations are those of Holland and Russia. The Hope certificates, as the stocks are called, which the Russian government gave to the Dutch bankers in acknowledgment of its debt, amount to about $25,000,000. A splendid villa built in 1782 for one of the Hopes near Haarlem, at a cost of $200,000, was purchased by Louis Bonaparte, and now belongs to the Orange dynasty. The present representative of the family is Adrian Elias Hope, horn April 8, 1845, the son of Adrian John Hope.