This document contains the written testament of William L. Parker in which he gives consent for the use of his donation towards the construction of a public University hospital. The document also explains Parker’s intention for the purpose of the hospital.
Transcription FRONT Whereas, Dr. A.W. McAlester, Dr. M.D. Lewis, and Wm A. Bright have undertaken to raise funds for the purpose of erecting and establishing a public hospital in the City of Columbia, which is to be donated to the University of the State of Missouri, and which is to be Conducted and operated in Connection with the Medical Department of said University; And whereas I, the undersigned, William L. Parker, am desirous of aiding in the establishment of such hospital; therefore, know all men by these presents that I, the said William L. Parker, owe and stand indebted to the said A.W. McAles- ter, M.D. Lewis and W.A. Bright in the sum of fifteen thousand ($15000.00) dollars to be expended by them in the establish- ment of such hospital aforesaid, for the payment whereof well and truly to be made I hereby bind myself, my heirs, executors and administrators. Upon this Condition, however, that if the Said McAlester, Lewis, and Bright shall fail, within one year after the date hereof, to raise from other sources by subscrip- tion or otherwise the sum of Ten Thousand dollars to be used along with the above Fifteen thousand dollars in the erection and establishment of the BACK aforesaid hospital, then this bond shall be void, Otherwise to remain in full form and effect. Provided further, that if the said McAlester, Lewis and Bright shall raise the aforesaid sum of ten thousand dollars within their said six months, then this bond shall be be- Come due and payable six months after the date hereof. It is understood that the hospital herein provided for shall remain as Charity patients free of charges a number of patients equal to at least five per Cent of the total number of patients. Witness my hand and seal this 27th day of September, 1898. W L Parker Witness Mr. [?] S. Clarkson