Signer of the Declaration of Independence from Rhode Island (1707-1785) who served as the colony's governor in the 1750s and 1760s. Manuscript DS, signed “Step. Hopkins Gov'r,” one page, 7.25 x 3.5, June 20, 1756. Pay order issued to Treasurer Thomas Richardson, in part: "The Colony of R'd Island to Tho's Vernon…To Postage of a packet from New York: £5—Please to pay Thomas Vernon or his order the sum of Five pounds for postage & charge to the colony." Professionally inlaid into a larger sheet and in very good to fine condition, with slightly irregular light toning.
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