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    An early Joseph Hewes legal filing written entirely in his hand

    Joseph Hewes Autograph Document Signed. One page, 7.5" x 12", 1760, sealed, delivered and signed by "Joseph Hewes". A legal filing written in the hand of Joseph Hewes and signed by him, Sarah Lyell, Thomas Jones, and John M. Kilda. In part: "Know all men by these Presents that we Sarah Lyell, Thomas Jones and John M. Kilda ...are held and firmly bound unto Robert Lyre Naval Officer of the Province aforesaid in the just lawful sum of one thousand pounds Proclamation Money to be paid to the said Robert Lyre as Naval Officer his successors or assigns to which payment would truly to be paid we bind ourselves jointly ...our heirs Exect. And Admin. For and in the whole firmly by these Presents sealed with our seals & dated at the Naval Office in Edenton in the Province aforesaid the Second day of July and in the thirty fourth year of his Majesty's Reign & in the year of our Lord one thousand and seven hundred and sixty (July 2, 1760)". Boldly signed by Hewes as well as "Sarah Lyell", "Tho. Jones", and "John M. Kilda".

    One of the scarcer Signers of the Declaration, this is the earliest exemplar by Hewes we have seen. Similar legal filings and depositions written by him can be found in the digital collection at East Carolina University at: .

    Condition: Gently toned, a bit darker at the folds. With negligible bits of paper loss where folds intersect. Some showthrough from docket on verso. Paper seals at bottom overlap, and one is folded at the corners.

    More Information:

    Joseph Hewes (1730-1799), a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was born in Princeton, New Jersey. After graduating from Princeton University, he became an apprentice of a merchant and later became a very successful merchant in his own right. Hewes moved to North Carolina at the age of 30 and was elected to that colony's legislature in 1763. After being re-elected numerous times in the legislature, Hewes was chosen as one of North Carolina's representatives to the Continental Congress. At the start of the American Revolution, Hewes, a successful ship owner, put his entire fleet at the disposal of the Continental Navy. As secretary of the Naval Affairs Committee of the Continental Congress, he was, in effect, America's first secretary of the Navy. A member of the Continental Congress (1774-1776) and a signer of the Declaration of Independence, Hewes accepted reelection to Congress in 1779 despite health problems, but failed to retain his seat and died a few months later.

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