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  • Papers, 1788-1833, of the Hooe family of Alexandria and Fairfax and Prince William Counties, Virginia. The bulk of the collection covers the years 1796-1815. Includes mainly correspondence, but also some miscellaneous items. Principal correspondents include Charles, 4th Earl of Tankerville, Bernard Hooe, Jr., Robert Howson Hooe, and Robert Townshend Hooe
  • The majority of the letters are written to James Hewitt Hooe. Many of them concern his management and sale of the property held in Fairfax County by Charles Bennet, 4th Earl of Tankerville (1743-1822) and his brother Henry Astley Bennet whom had inherited the property from their father Charles, 3rd Earl of Tankerville (d. 1767). In 1789, Hooe and Charles Little, both of Fairfax County, were constituted and appointed attorneys to sell, dispose of, and convey all lands in that county belonging to the two brothers. Other topics include business and financial matters relating to the mercantile firm Robert T. Hooe and Company of Alexandria, including the sales and shipments of various products, including salt, tobacco, and tea. Much of this business correspondence relates to the firm's interests in France. There are letters relating to the war between Great Britain and France, and later between Great Britain and the United States, and how the maritime conflicts associated with both wars were affecting their business ventures
  • The miscellaneous items include a promissory note (Henry D. Hooe to Alexander Smith, dated 1 October 1801), lease (dated 17 March 1791), composition written by William H. Fowle (dated 18 March 1824), copy of a deed (George Armistead to Bernard Hooe, Sr., 587 acres, Prince William County, recorded 1 April 1799), miscellaneous accounts, and a copy of the account of sales of the estate of Henry Astley Bennet at Lubber plantation, dated 28 March 1789
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The Hooe family were prominent residents of Alexandria, and Fairfax and Prince William Counties, Virginia. James Hewitt Hooe (d. 1825) was a merchant and attorney in Alexandria. His brother was Robert Howson Hooe (d. 1832) who lived at "Evergreen," near Falmouth, Virginia. They were the sons of Harris Hooe, Sr. (b. 1736) of Stafford County. James Hewitt Hooe married his cousin Eliza Thacker Hooe, who was the daughter of Bernard Hooe, Sr. Robert Townshend Hooe (d. 1809) was a merchant and mayor of Alexandria.
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  • The Library of Virginia
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L & T Respess Books
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