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William Hooper was a native of Boston, province of Massachusetts Bay, where he was born on the seventeenth of June, 1742.
His father's name was also William Hooper. He was born in Scotland, in the year 1702, and soon after leaving the university of Edinburgh emigrated to America. He settled in Boston, where he became connected in marriage with the daughter of Mr. John Dennie, a respectable merchant. Not long after his emigration, he was elected pastor of Trinity Church, in Boston, in which office, such were his fidelity and affectionate intercourse with the people of his charge, that long after his death he was remembered by them with peculiar veneration and regard.
William Hooper, a biographical notice of whom we are now to give, was the eldest of five children. At an early age he exhibited indications of considerable talent. Until he was seven years old, he was instructed by his father; but at length, became a member of a free grammar school, in Boston, which at that time
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William Hooper (1704 - 1767)
Mary Dennie Hooper
Elizabeth Hooper Watters (____ - 1841)
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My first wish is to be free, my second, to be reconciled to Great Britain.
William Hooper: to Johnston February 6, 1776
My progress through Virginia, was marked with nothing extraordinary. . . . . The language of Virginia is uniformly for independence. If there is a single man in that province who preaches a different doctrine I had not the fortune to fall in his company. But rapid as the change has been in Virginia, North Carolina has the honour of going far before them. Our late instructions afford you some specimen of the temper of the present Congress and of the people at large. It would be more than unpopular, it would be Toryism, to hint the possibility of future reconciliation. For my part if it were my sentiment that such conduct was premature, I should not think it prudent to avow it We can not stem a torrent and one had better swim on the democratic flood than, vainly attempting to check it, be buried in it. . . . . Britain has lost us by a series of impolitic, wicked and savage actions as have disgraced a nation of Hottentots. Human patience can bear no more and all ranks people cry, that the cup of bitterness is full running over. Let the miseries of be what they will they can not enhance misery. We may be better, we can not be worse. Thus they reason and when I survey what been done I have too much the feeling of a man to attempt to reason them out of this effusion
With you I anticipate the important share which the colonies must soon have in regulating the political balance. They are striding fast to independence, and ere long will build an empire upon the ruins of Great Britain, will adopt its constitution purged of its impurities, and from an experience of its defects will guard against those evils which have wasted its vigor and brought it to an untimely end.
William Hooper: to James Iredell April 26, 1774
William Hooper: letter to Samuel Johnston, September 26, 1776
No man to be an Assemblyman unless he believes in God. Is Irreligion then the flourishing growth of Pennsylvania and is Atheism a weed that thrives there? Sure this insinuates as much.
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