William Hooper on the death of a friend, North Carolina, 1780

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William Hooper (1742-1790) was a North Carolina delegate to the Continental Congress. Hooper began his support of independence much later than many of his fellow signers, due to his allegiance to North Carolina's British governor William Tryon. After his election to the North Carolina General Assembly in 1773, he began to block bills that would allow further British encroachment. He remained active in both the Continental Congress and in the new-forming government in his home colony. At the time of this letter, Hooper was practicing law in North Carolina.

The letter's recipient, James Hogg (1729-1804), was an immigrant from Scotland to Hillsborough, North Carolina involved in real estate and business. He is historically affiliated with the University of North Carolina, where he was successful in lobbying for the school to be located at Chapel Hill. Hooper and Hogg were lifelong friends and are buried in the same plot at the Old Town Cemetery in Hillsborough.

This letter, dated October 14, 1780, expresses Hooper's deep condolences about the loss of James' brother, Robert. He explains that Robert was a good friend of he and his wife, and that Robert had died from a disease that "baffled the power of medicine." Hooper goes on to explain what he has done with Robert's possessions, as he was named one of Robert's executors and what he plans to do regarding the deceased's will.

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  • Title: William Hooper on the death of a friend, North Carolina, 1780
  • Creator: William Hooper
  • Creation Date: 1780-10-14
  • Subject Date: 1780-10-14
  • Locations:
    • Masonborough, New Hanover County, NC
    • Hillsborough, Orange County, NC
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 35.6 cm x 23 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 420, Box 58/20
  • Collection: John S. H. Fogg autograph collection
  • Object Type: Text

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