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    Signer Joseph Hewes accounts for his slaves and other property.

    Joseph Hewes (1730 - 1779) Signer of the Declaration of Independence and the first Secretary of the Navy, fine content manuscript Document Signed "Joseph Hewes" one page, 8" x 13", no place given, October 16, 1777 being "A Schedule of the Taxable property of Joseph Hewes exclusive of what he has in Company with Rob. Smith delivered the 16th Octo. 1777 to Joseph Blount Esqr..." The account lists all his land holdings including "120 Acres of Land or there abouts, adjoining the Town of Edenton..." which also contained a "House & Kitchen" together with 50 acres and a house "...adjoining the land known by the name of McGraths...". In addition he held 225 acres of land in Tyrrel County and 100 acres in Dauphin County as well as urban property in Edenton including "...Stores, Kitchen, Stable & Hatters ship... Ware House Wharf etc..." The tax schedule also includes the names of Hewes' ten slaves including "Frank, Gun, Cuff, Will, James, Tounside, Yarmsuth, Sam, Hardy [and] Tene" Hewes adds his name just below the names of his slaves. Hewes, born in Connecticut to Quaker parents, studied at Princeton and became a very successful merchant. Around 1760 he moved to North Carolina where he established himself in politics. In the years leading up to the Revolution, Hewes was a strong advocate for American rights and an early voice for independence. His support of war caused him to break with the Society of Friends. Light uneven toning, usual folds, else Fine condition with a dark, bold signature. Another important piece of Black Americana tying a Founding Father to slavery. From the Henry E. Luhrs Collection. Accompanied by LOA from PSA/DNA.

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