HEWES, Joseph (1730-1779)

HEWES, JOSEPH, a Delegate from North Carolina; born in Kingston, N.J., January 23, 1730; pursued classical studies and attended Princeton College; engaged in business in Philadelphia, Pa.; settled in Wilmington, N.C., and engaged in mercantile pursuits; moved to Edenton, N.C., in 1756; member of the State house of commons 1766-1775; member of the committee of correspondence in 1773; delegate to the Provincial congress; Member of the Continental Congress 1774-1776; again served in the State house of commons in 1778 and 1779; was a signer of the Declaration of Independence; again a Member of the Continental Congress in 1779 and served until his death in Philadelphia, Pa., on November 10, 1779; interment in Christ Church Burial Ground, 5th and Arch Streets.

Duke University
Rare Book, Manuscript, and Special Collections Library
Durham, NC
Papers: 1779, 1 item.
A letter from Joseph Hewes to John Campbell describing the public attitude in North Carolina, general distress and inflation, coinage weights and values, and the need for a mint.


Historical Society of Princeton
Princeton, NJ
Papers: In the Thomas Barrowman Papers, 1930-1938, 3 items.
The collection includes a papers relating to Joseph Hewes read before the Historical Society of Princeton.

Papers: In the Varnum Lansing Collins Papers, 1903-1933, approximately 225 items.
Subjects covered in the papers include Joseph Hewes.


The John Work Garrett Library Evergreen House
Baltimore, MD
Papers: In the Signers Collection, 1770-1826, 60 items.
Subjects covered in the papers include Joseph Hewes.


Library of Congress
Manuscript Division
Washington, DC
Papers: In the Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1776, 1 item.
A letter of Joseph Hewes written in 1776.

Papers: In the Neil Jamieson Papers, ca. 1757-1789, 23 volumes.
Correspondents include Joseph Hewes. A finding aid is available in the repository. The collection is also available on microfilm.

Papers: In the Henry A. Willard Papers, ca. 1743-1888, 0.8 linear foot.
Joseph Hewes is represented in Series 3, the Henry A. Willard Collection of autographs of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1776, 1 item.
A letter from Joseph Hewes to Samuel Johnson, Esq., written on February 6, 1776.

Papers: 1776, 1 item.
A letter from Joseph Hewes to Samuel Johnston written on March 4, 1776.

Papers: 1776, 1 item.
A letter from Joseph Hewes to an unidentified recipient written on November 24, 1776.


The Rosenbach Museum & Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1779, 1 item.
An extract of a letter from Joseph Hewes from Martinico written on July 22, 1779. Joseph Hewes writes concerning the dispatch of French and Spanish ships against Great Britain, and of French troops to the U.S.

Papers: In the John Paul Jones Papers, 1777, 1 item.
A will made and signed by John Paul Jones before departing on his voyage to carry the news of Burgoyne's surrender to France. Joseph Hewes was one of the executors of the estate.

Papers: In the A. S. W. Rosenbach Signers of the Declaration of Independence Autograph Collection, 1756-1818, 56 items.
Other authors include Joseph Hewes.

Papers: In the U. S. Continental Congress Committee of Secret Correspondence Charter of the Brigantine Cornelia, February 1, 1776.
Other authors include Joseph Hewes.

  • Hewes, Joseph. A Collection of Occurences [sic] and Facts. [N.p.], 1775.
  • Pittman, Thomas Merritt. John Penn, by Thomas Merritt Pittman. Joseph Hewes, by Walter Sikes. [Raleigh: E. M. Uzzell & Co., Printers, 1904].