DescriptionStephen Hopkins Document Signed "Step. Hopkins" as "Governor and Captain-General of the English Colony of Rhode Island". One page, 12.5" x 7.5", May 9, 1763, Rhode Island; countersigned by Henry Ward as secretary. This document was an official notice that "James Whitman being by the General Assembly of the Colony aforesaid, chosen to the Place and Office of a Justice of the Peace in the Town of East-Greenwich in the County of Kent in the said Colony, are hereby in the Name of His Most Sacred Majesty GEORGE the Third."
In 1756, Stephen Hopkins was elected chief magistrate of the colony of Rhode Island, an office he held with few interruptions until 1767. He is known to have faithfully discharged the duties of this responsible station with dignity and fairness, and he did not hesitate to propose and support measures designed to promote the interests of the colonies in opposition to the encroachments of British power. He was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Document is age-toned with slight separation at two folds. Many faded notations, contemporary with the document, occur around the left and right edges. With blind embossed paper seal at top left; docketing and more contemporary notations on verso. Still, a fine piece of Colonial American history in very good condition.
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