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I am proud to find, from two astronomical observations, that Chapel Hill lies right in the orbit of Jupiter and his satellites, and that the period of his revolution is about twelve years
— to Johnston, February 6, 1776
— William Hooper
My first wish is to be free, my second, to be reconciled to Great Britain.
— to Joseph Hewes, April 14, 1776
— William Hooper
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
— to Joseph Hewes, April 14, 1776
— William Hooper
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

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