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Hopkins, Esek
Accounts payable for the Sloop Elizabeth: "Sloop Elizabeth to Esek Hopkins"
[Newport: n.d., 1750. Autograph manuscript approx. 9" x 7" accomplished in ink on both sides of the sheet. At the bottom of the verso in another (contemporary) hand: "This is all in the handwriting of Esek Hopkins the first Admiral of the American Navy--in the Rev. War." Light foxing, left edge slight tear. Clean and legible. Written by Esek Hopkins (1718-1802), first Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Navy, when he was a privateer. The sheet lists expenses such as "To Wm Perce for 2500 hoops 150." And: "To 1 lode wood 6: to 3 day work my negro 10:10". Items such as "an old foresail" , "flower and freight" and "to John Brown for rigen (rigging?)" are listed together with approximately 30 other line items, each with a cost, totaling "3,362:17:57." Esek Hopkins was the brother of Stephen Hopkins (1707-1785), who served as Governor of Rhode Island for ten terms between 1755 and 1768 and was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Esek Hopkins spent his childhood on his parents' farm until he left at the age of twenty to pursue a career as a sailor. He quickly rose up the ranks and became a prominent master mariner by the time he married Desire Burroughs (c.1722-1794) of Newport in 1741, with whom he had eight children. Hopkins flourished as a captain and soon became highly successful and involved in privateering, Rhode Island's most profitable enterprise during the years before the American Revolution (1775-1783). Rhode Island was one of the first colonies to provide naval protection from the British, and Esek Hopkins was asked to command the colony's naval forces. … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Rulon-Miller Books [United States]
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