Statement of accounts of Christopher Lippitt Esq to Rufus Hopkins

Scituate: 1774-1779. Large folio sheet (approx. 15¼" x 12¼") with previous central fold thereby making 4 pages, docketed "Chris. Lippitt Esq. Acct. from Rufus Hopkins 1774 settled." Signed "Rufus Hopkins, Scituate, February 3, 1779." Toned, many other folds with small holes at the intersections, no loss; generally very good and legible. A long list of debits and credits between Rufus Hopkins and Christopher Lippitt made between May 9, 1774 and October 29, 1776 (resolved by Rufus Hopkins errors excepted in 1779). Items shown are foodstuffs, buckram, buttons, ribbon, scissors, needles, nutmeg, sugar, a set of knives and forks, and lots of molasses and rum. There are references to Mother, Brother, your Negroe boy, Peleg Williams, Thomas Watson, Charles Watson, David Nightingale, and others. Rufus Hopkins (1727-1813) was the son of Stephen Hopkins (1707–1785), one of the two Rhode Island signers of the Declaration of Independence. Hopkins was employed in managing the Hope Furnace for almost 40 years; it produced pig iron and, during the Revolution, cannon and ball. The Lippitt family owned the land that was sold to the owners of Hope Furnace in 1785. Lippitt owned a sawmill and a farm and was recorded as having six slaves in the 1774 census and two slaves in 1790 census, In this document there are at least four references to a "Negro Boy." Together with: "Christopher Lippitt Esq. in Acct. Current with owners [of] Hope Furnace" with docket on the verso reading "Furnis Account Settled with Capt. Hopkins 1783." Single leaf (approx. 7½" x 12") folded in half to make 4 pages; charges includes "Carting ore from Cranston," "one load of dung for Moulders," and several others, all in the hand of Christopher Lippitt and signed by Rufus Hopkins, dated Scituate, Dec. 29, 1783. Item #57065

Price: $650.00

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