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Cooke, Nicholas (1717-1782) [Certificate establishing Joseph Hopkins as ensign of a state militia regiment]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01450.444.01 Author/Creator: Cooke, Nicholas (1717-1782) Place Written: East Greenwich, Rhode Island Type: Printed document signed Date: 25 November 1776 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 20.9 x 32.5 cm.

Signed by Cooke as Governor of Rhode Island. Signed by Henry Ward, Secretary of Rhode Island. Docket indicates that Hopkins was an ensign in Captain Malachi Hammet's Company.

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