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[89] union. And so, also, their sordid acts to divide and destroy us have been frustrated.

5. Fifthly, I shall only add, the mercy of God has been shown to us in wonderfully supplying us with military stores, and our armies, so far, with sustenance, while a communication by sea from the Southern States was cut off. And in supporting these our brethren in arms, while often suffering with hunger and nakedness, and to appearance in want of all things.


The only likeness now in existence of the Rev, Mr. Cooke is here presented.

In 1778 Mr. Cooke wrote the following autobiography in a small pocket diary last belonging to his grandchild, the late Miss Anna Bradshaw.

Cambridge, Second Precinct, April 8th, 1778.

Samuel Cooke, born in Hadley, January 11th, 1709, was the son of Mr. Samuel and Mrs. Anne Cooke; the grandson on his father's side to Aaron Cooke, Esq., and Sarah Cooke; and the great-grandson of Major Cooke, of Northampton, and of William and Sarah Westwood, of Hadley, who came from Old England. These arrived with their families at Cambridge, N. E., in 1634 or 1635, and removing with others settled at Hartford. About the year 1650, they with others removed up Connecticut river, and began new settlements—Major Cooke at Northampton, and Mr. Westwood at Hadley.1 My grandfather Aaron Cooke married Sarah, only child of said William and Sarah Westwood, removed to Hadley, lived with his father-in-law, and upon his death, which was not long after, in right of said wife became entitled to the whole of Mr. Westwood's estate—left in England—at Hartford—and in Hadley. The estate in England after some time my grandfather sold, but employing a knave, lost it. The estate at Hartford he gave to his son Aaron. That in Hadley to his sons Westwood and Samuel,

1 Sylvester Judd, Esq., the well-known historian of Hadley, in a letter to the late Rev. Samuel Sewall, of Burlington, Mass. (April 6, 1846), says this genealogical account contains some mistakes which show how early and easily tradition runs into error. It may be justly supposed the writer relied entirely on his memory when at a very advanced age he wrote concerning matters, some of which occurred well nigh a century before he was born. Mr. Judd asserts, from written authentic sources, that Major Cooke settled first in Dorchester and removed thence to Windsor; whereas William Westwood settled first at Cambridge, and removed thence to Hartford, and was at Cambridge three or four years before 1634-5. He further declares Westwood could not have removed to Hadley and Maj. Cooke to Northampton about 1660, for the settlement of Hadley was not begun until 1659, and Northampton till 1654. Moreover, they removed up the river in 1660-1, and Westwood's wife was Bridget, not Sarah. (Vide Hist. Hadley, 594, and Savage, G. Dict. )

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