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Collection Number: 01381-z

Collection Title: Joseph Hewes Papers, 1765-1776.

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This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities; this finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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Size 8 items
Abstract Joseph Hewes (1730-1779) was a signer of the Declaration of Independence from North Carolina and member of the Continental Congress. The collection includes miscellaneous papers, consisting of copies of letters and originals of two letters and a postscript to a third letter from Hewes. The two letters were written from Philadelphia, 6 February and 27 March 1776, to Robert Smith, Williamsburg, Va.; they concern the brig "Fanny," lying in the York River, and arrangements for chartering vessels to go to Europe to procure articles needed by the army and navy and to sell tobacco and other American exports. The postscript, 7 January 1776 [misdated 1775], is to a letter from Hewes to Samuel Johnston; it reports the arrival of vessels with powder and saltpeter.
Creator Hewes, Joseph, 1730-1779.
Language English
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Restrictions to Access
No restrictions. Open for research.
Restrictions to Use
No usage restrictions.
Copyright Notice
Copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.
Preferred Citation
[Identification of item], in the Joseph Hewes Papers, #1381-z, Southern Historical Collection, The Wilson Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Acquisitions Information
Received from Mrs. Lyman A. Cotten, 1947
Received from Elizabeth Collins of Hillsboro, N.C., 1964
Received from Mary L. Thornton of Chapel Hill, N.C., 1966.
Location of Originals
Originals of letters to Neil Jamieson housed by the Library of Congress at the time of copying. Original of letter from John Paul Jones is located at the United States Naval Academy Museum, Annapolis, Md.
Additional Descriptive Resources
A copy of the original finding aid for this collection is filed in folder 1.
Sensitive Materials Statement
Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal or state right to privacy laws and regulations, the North Carolina Public Records Act (N.C.G.S. § 132 1 et seq.), and Article 7 of the North Carolina State Personnel Act (Privacy of State Employee Personnel Records, N.C.G.S. § 126-22 et seq.). Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g., a cause of action under common law for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill assumes no responsibility.
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Joseph Hewes (1730-1779) of North Carolina was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a member of the Continental Congress involved in several committees concerned with naval and maritime affairs.

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The collection includes miscellaneous papers, consisting of copies of letters and originals of two letters and a postscript to a third letter from Joseph Hewes. The two letters were written from Philadelphia, 6 February and 27 March 1776, to Robert Smith, Williamsburg, Va.; they concern the brig "Fanny," lying in the York River, and arrangements for chartering vessels to go to Europe to procure articles needed by the army and navy and to sell tobacco and other American exports. The postscript, 7 January 1776 [misdated 1775], is to a letter from Hewes to Samuel Johnston; it reports the arrival of vessels with powder and saltpeter. The collection also includes photocopies of three letters from Hewes to Neil Jamieson of Norfolk, Va., and one to Hewes from John Paul Jones, of the United States Navy.

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Processing Information

Processed by: SHC Staff

Encoded by: Noah Huffman, December 2007

Updated by: Kate Stratton and Jodi Berkowitz, January 2009

This collection was rehoused and a summary created with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

This finding aid was created with support from NC ECHO.

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