Manuscripts Division
William L. Clements Library
University of Michigan

Finding aid for
George Philip Hooke Journal, 1779-1780

Finding aid created by
Philip Heslip, November 2009

Summary Information
Title: George Philip Hooke journal
Creator: Hooke, George Philip, 1722-1796 or 7.
Inclusive dates: 1779-1780
Extent: 1 volume
The George Philip Hooke journal is a 21-page officer roster and journal of the 1st Battalion of Grenadiers in the British army, which describes their travel from New York to South Carolina. The volume also contains copies of 30 catch tunes, many with lyrics.
Language: The material is in English
Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave.
The University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190
Phone: 734-764-2347
Web Site:

Access and Use
Acquisition Information:

1963. M-1239.

Access Restrictions:

The collection is open for research.


Copyright status is unknown

Processing Information:

Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.

Alternate Format:

The journal has been microfilmed.

Preferred Citation:

George Philip Hooke Journal, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan


George Philip Hooke, born in Branscombe, England, in 1722, was a British army officer in the 1st Battalion of Grenadiers and the 17th Regiment of Foot. He was commissioned on May 25, 1772. By July 1794 he was a 1st major, and two years later was brevetted lieutenant-colonel. He had a son on September 3, 1790, and died in San Domingo in 1796 or 1797.

Collection Scope and Content Note

The George Philip Hooke journal (21 pages) is comprised of an officer roster and a journal of the 1st Battalion of Grenadiers in the British army under Henry Clinton, from December 1779 to May 1780. Hooke described the battalion's voyage from New York to South Carolina; gave the movements of his battalion during the landing at St. Simons Island, Georgia; and provided eye-witness accounts of various scrimmages in the southern campaign, including the siege and surrender of Charleston. Hooke described sinking the damaged "Judith Transport" (January 16, 1780); meeting the British fleet under Admiral Mariot Arbuthnot, at Tybee Harbor, [Georgia] (February 3, 1780); and positioning and attacking the rebel forces at Charlestown, South Carolina, between March 29 and April 13, 1780.

At the back of the journal, after 48 blank pages, are copies of 30 catch tunes (comic rounds). The British baroque master Henry Purcell and popular composer Henry Harington wrote several of the songs, though many are unattributed, such as "The Quaker Wedding: A Catch for three voices," and "Come Honest Friends" (52 pages of music in total).

Subject Terms

    • Arbuthnot, Marriott, 1711?-1794.
    • Charleston (S.C.)--History--Siege, 1780.
    • Glees, catches, rounds, etc.
    • Great Britain. Army. 17th Regiment of Foot.
    • Great Britain. Army. 1st Battalion Grenadiers.
    • Great Britain. Army--Colonial Forces--Officers--Registers.
    • Great Britain. Royal Navy--History--18th century.
    • Harington, Henry, 1727-1816.
    • Humorous songs.
    • Judith (Sloop)
    • Music.
    • Purcell, Henry, 1659-1695.
    • Raisonnable (Ship)
    • Saint Simons Island (Ga.)
    • Songs, English--18th century.
    • Tybee Island (Ga. : Island)
    • United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--British forces.
    • Voyages and travels.
    Genre Terms:
    • Diaries.
    • Rosters.
    • Songs (document genre)
    Contents List
    Container / Location Title
    Volume   1  
    George Philip Hooke journal,  1779-1780 [series]