HOPKINS, Stephen, 1707-1785


Guide to Research Collections

The Rosenbach Museum & Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: 1756, 1 item.
A letter from Stephen Hopkins to Sir Charles Hardy written on June 24, 1756. In the letter, Stephen Hopkins, Governor of Rhode Island, requests the permission of the Governor of New York for a shipload of flour to be purchased in New York and transported to Rhode Island, in spite of trade regulations during the French and Indian War.

Papers: 1758, 2 pages.
A letter from Stephen Hopkins to James De Lancey written on September 26, 1758. In the letter, Stephen Hopkins,Governor of Rhode Island, informs the Governor of New York of the theft of some church plate from Porto Plata, Santo Domingo, on a New York vessel, and asks him to take the proper measures.

Papers: In the Signers of the Declaration of Independence Autograph Collection, 1756-1818, 56 items.
Other authors include Stephen Hopkins.


Cornell University
Carl A. Kroch Library
Ithaca, NY
Papers: In the Gould, Johnson, and Stoddard Family Papers, 1564-1943, 2.3 cubic feet.
The papers include statistics on the population of Rhode Island together with the quantity of arms and ammunition in private hands, prepared by Governor Stephen Hopkins (1756). Also included is a letter (December 1764) to an unnamed person from Charles Bowler, collector of His Majesty’s revenues in Newport, protesting Governor Hopkins’s defense of the rights of the colonies.


The John Work Garrett Library Evergreen House
Baltimore, MD
Papers: In the Signers Collection, 1770-1826, 60 documents.
Subjects include Stephen Hopkins.


Massachusetts Historical Society
Boston, MA
Papers: In the William Shirley Papers, 1731-1762, 1 box.
Correspondents include Stephen Hopkins.


The Morgan Library
Department of Literary and Historical Manuscripts
New York, NY
Papers: 1755, 1 item.
A letter from Stephen Hopkins to William Johnson written on June 12, 1755. In the letter, Stephen Hopkins congratulates William Johnson on becoming head of the militia.

Papers: 1758, 1 item.
A warrant signed by Stephen Hopkins on January 27, 1758, to Thomas Richardson, General Treasurer, to pay Thomas Vernon 5 for postage, to be charged to the Colony of Rhode Island.


University of Pennsylvania
Special Collections, Van Pelt Library
Philadelphia, PA
Papers: In the University of Pennsylvania Miscellaneous Manuscripts Collection, 1784-1934, 10 items.
Correspondents include Stephen Hopkins.


University of Virginia
The Albert and Shirley Small Special Collections Library
Charlottesville, VA
Papers: In the Albert H. Small Declaration of Independence Collection, 1776, 2 items.
A letter from Stephen Hopkins to the Committee of Observation at Amboy and portrait written on March 26, 1776. The letter is in the hand of William Paca and is co-signed by fellow Continental Congressmen Thomas Johnson and Stephen Hopkins. The congressmen vouch for a Mr. Pots, a resident of Maryland who is returning home to England. Mr. Pots will be leaving from Amboy and carrying several letters to English correspondents from Maryland friends. None are political and all can be opened for inspection. William Paca, Thomas Johnson, and Stephen Hopkins are personally acquainted with Mr. Pots “and know that he is not “unfriendly to America” nor is his traveling companion.