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#146 - Declaration of Independence: Stephen Hopkins

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The future Declaration signer pays British forces for service at the Battle of Lake George

Manuscript DS, signed “Step. Hopkins,” one page both sides, 6.25 x 4, November 8, 1755. With other Committee of War members, Hopkins approves a pay order on the reverse of the original request, submitted by Edward Cole on September 17, 1755. Cole’s request, in part: “Pay to Mr. William Mumford or Order the Sum of Twelve Hundred pounds (old Tenor) for wages Due to me and my Comp. and Charge the same.” Intersecting folds (one vertical fold passing through a single letter of the signature) and show-through from writing to opposing sides, otherwise fine condition. On September 8, 1755, Lt. Colonel Cole led his company to reinforce British troops under the command of William Johnson against French forces in the Battle of Lake George. Cole's reinforcements enabled William Johnson to improve his camp's defenses and allowed him to wage a pitched battle against his French adversaries. Johnson prevailed against the French late in the afternoon—the first significant British victory of the French and Indian War. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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