A Sermon preached by Rev. Peter Thacher, D.D., pastor of the “Church and Society in Brattle-Street, Boston, December 29, 1799, and occasioned by the Completion of a Century from its First Establishment,” leaves this account for posterity of Adams’ pastor:
The late Dr. Samuel Cooper, by his exemplary life, his elegant discourses, his fervent prayers, his patriotic services and his graceful manners, acquired a very high reputation at home and abroad. For thirty-seven years, in the course of which term our trying and distressful, but glorious Revolution began and was completed, Dr. Cooper continued the beloved, the useful and successful pastor of this church. But death, with inexorable hand, arrested him in the zenith of his popularity and acceptance. Few men have lived more esteemed, or died more lamented…1
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Thacher, Peter, D.D. A Sermon preached at the Church and Society in Brattle Street, Boston, December 29, 1799, and occasioned by the Completion of a Century from its first Establishment. Boston, 1799.