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Inventory of the Samuel Cooper Papers, 1718-1798
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography
  • Subject Matter
  • Persons represented by two or more pieces
  • Some interesting or important items

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Samuel Cooper Papers,
    Date (inclusive): 1718-1798
    Creator: Cooper, Samuel
    Extent: Number of pieces: 270
    Repository: The Huntington Library
    San Marino, California 91108
    Language: English.

    Administrative Information


    The Samuel Cooper papers were purchase in March 1926 from Marvin Cooper Taylor of Concord, Mass.


    Collection is open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information please go to following URL .

    Publication Rights

    In order to quote from, publish, or reproduce any of the manuscripts or visual materials, researchers must obtain formal permission from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances, the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate curator for further information.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Samuel Cooper Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Samuel Cooper (1724-84), scholar and Congregational minister, was born in Boston, Massachusetts. Following in the footsteps of his father, William Cooper, he was educated for the ministry and was graduated from Harvard in 1743. In the same year, before his ordination took place, he was called to be assistant pastor of the Brattle Street Church in Boston. Four years later he became sole incumbent and remained in the same pastorate to the end of his life.
    For many years Dr. Cooper was a member of the Corporation of Harvard College. He was an ardent patriot, and took an active part in the politics of his day. He numbered among his most intimate friends many famous Americans, and all of the distinguished Frenchmen who visited Boston during the course of the war.

    Subject Matter

    • A. Congregationalism in New England: sermons by William and Samuel Cooper, 1718-83 (195 pieces)
    • B. International politics in relation to the American colonies, 1769-83
    • C. French officers in North America, 1778-83
    • D. The Cooper family, 1759-98

    Persons represented by two or more pieces

    Adams, John
    3 pieces
    Cooper, Samuel
    177 pieces
    Cooper, William
    43 pieces
    Estaing, Charles Hector, Comte d'
    3 pieces
    Franklin, Benjamin
    5 pieces
    Hawley, Gideon
    2 pieces
    La Luzerne, Anne César, Chevalier de
    6 pieces
    Vergennes, Charles Gravier, Comte de
    2 pieces

    Some interesting or important items

    • Cooper, Samuel. Letter to the Corporation of Harvard, declining the presidency of the college. [Feb. 10, 1774]
    • Hawley, Gideon. Two letters to Dr. Cooper, describing his life among the Indians. Feb. 25, 1771 and Jan. 8, 1776
    • Lee, Arthur. Letter to Dr. Cooper, regarding the mutiny of the Pennsylvania Line. Jan. 18, 1781
    • Lovell, James. Letter discussing the neutrality of Russia and Denmark and the possible action of Holland; also, Virginia's relinquishment of [UNK]to western territory. Feb. 1, 1781