Preserving the Past, Informing the Future
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Mr. Hooker, for many years the reporter of the court, presented to the judges his resignation of the office on the 2d day of October, 1893, in the following communication:
"To Chief Justice Andrews and the Associate Judges of the Supreme Court of Connecticut:
"I hereby resign my office of reporter of judicial decisions, the resignation to take effect, with your assent to the delay, on the 1st day of January, 1894.
"In retiring from this office, which I have held for thirty-six years, I desire to express my sense of obligation to you and your predecessors for keeping me so long in the office, and for the familiar and exceedingly pleasant companionship to which I have from the first been invited. I wish to express also my great respect for the court and for the members who have composed it, and who seem, as I look back over the years, to be a constantly moving procession. I have reported the decisions of seven chief justices and fifteen associate judges. My attachment to some of them has been very great, and it has rarely occurred that one has left the bench, or above all has passed from earthly life, without a feeling of personal bereavement on my part. Now that I am the one to withdraw, I leave my best wishes for your welfare and happiness.
"Respectfully and truly yours,
At the opening of the October term of the court at Hartford the next day the chief justice read the following paper prepared by the judges: -
"In accepting the resignation of the reporter, the judges of the court desire to express not only their high appreciation of his services to the state, but the warm sentiment of regard and attachment which he has inspired not only in them, but, as they well know, in their predecessors in office, during a long course of years.
"Mr. Hooker began his labors as reporter in 1858, and by far the greater part of the whole series of Connecticut Reports has been his work. From the first to the last of these volumes he has shown a rare mastery of the power of analysis and discrimination, as well as of concise statement and clear expression.
"The judges part from him with sincere personal regret, and only consent to his retirement at his earnest and repeated request."
The chief justice then announced that the bench had appointed James P. Andrews of Hartford as Mr. Hooker's successor, his term to commence on the first day of January, 1894.