Lot 164: Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island (1707–1785). Partly-printed DS, signed "Step. Hopkins," one page, 11.75 x 7.75, July 6, 1767. As governor of Rhode Island, Hopkins commissions Richard Updike as "Captain of the Third Company, or Train'd Band, of the Town of North Kingstown…And in Case of any Invasion of Assault of an Enemy…you are to gather together the Company under your Command…and with them, to the utmost of your Skill and Ability, you are to resist, expel, kill, and destroy the same, in order to preserve the Interest of His Majesty and His good Subjects in these Parts." Signed at the conclusion by Governor Hopkins and countersigned by Henry Ward as secretary. The paper seal affixed to the upper left remains intact. In very good condition, with repaired separations to intersecting folds, scattered toning and soiling, and trivial dampstaining to upper right corner.
RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458
Wednesday, 12th August 2015
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