1764 North Carolina Note SIGNED by Joseph HEWES Declaration Independence SIGNER
1764 North Carolina Note SIGNED by Joseph HEWES Declaration Independence SIGNER:
RARE 1764 Handwritten Promisory Note from Chowan County, North Carolina that is signed by Joseph Hewes, who would later sign the Declaration of Independence. Beautiful document with a very clear and neat Hewes complete signature. Paper measures approx. 5-1/4" x 7-1/2".Born in New Jersey, Hewes had settled down in North Carolina in 1760 and was subsequently elected to the state legislature in 1763. When he was made Secretary of the Naval Affairs Committee in 1776, he found the fledgling American Navy in a poor state and, as a successful merchant, was able to provide his own extensive fleet of ships and outfit them for battle. He also selected the most capable men as commanders, including the great John Paul Jones. Afflicted with ailing health, Hewes had to return home shortly after signing the Declaration of Independence and passed away in 1779 at just 49 years old. Hewes's untimely death has made his autograph especially scarce, and he is considered among the ‘very rare’ signers of the Declaration.