wrote thus in a note to Mrs. Gibbons
: ‘I have found it for my comfort to change the furniture of the office, that it might not appear so lonely without your dear, venerable father.
I felt for him the warmest and most enduring friendship.
I esteemed him for his thousand virtues, and delighted in his social intercourse.
I am sure no one out of his own immediate family, felt his loss more keenly than myself.’
James H. Titus
, of New-York
, thus expresses himself in a letter to James S. Gibbons
: ‘I have ever considered it one of the happiest and most fortunate events of my life, to have had the privilege of an acquaintance with Friend Hopper
I shall always recur to his memory with pleasure, and I trust with that moral advantage, which the recollection of his Christian virtues is so eminently calculated to produce.
How insignificant the reputation of riches, how unsatisfactory the renown of victory in war, how transient political fame, when compared with the history of a long life spent in services rendered to the afflicted and the unfortunate!’
Ellis Gray Loring
, of Boston
, in a letter to John Hopper
, says: ‘We heard of your father's death while we were in Rome
I could not restrain a few tears, and yet God knows there is no room for tears about the life or death of such a man. In both, he was a blessing and encouragement to all of us. He really ’