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National Republican Party in Rhode Island:
EXAMINATION OF CERTAIN CHARGES AGAINST LEMUEL H. ARNOLD, ESQ, THE NATIONAL REPUBLICAN CANDIDATE FOR GOVERNOR, BEING A REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE, APPOINTED APRIL 12, 1831.
28pp. Loose gatherings, untrimmed. Toned with scattered foxing, else Very Good. Arnold won his election for Governor as an anti-Jackson man. This Report denounces the "inferior class of printing presses" which advocate the election of Arnold's opponent and print articles "teemed with gross personal abuse, and with direct charges or insinuations affecting his moral character and principles." In particular, the Report rebuts in detail the "defamatory" charges that Arnold used his official position to engage in corruption and fraud in his dealings with a Bank. AI 8373 [5].

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Rhode Island Medical Society:
THE ACT OF INCORPORATION, TOGETHER WITH THE MEDICAL POLICE, BY-LAWS AND RULES, OF THE RHODE-ISLAND MEDICAL SOCIETY.
Cranston & Hammond, Providence:, 1831
Original printed wrappers, stitched. 31, [1 blank] pp. Scattered foxing, Very Good. The Society was incorporated in 1812. OCLC records copies printed in 1821 and 1849, but only facsimiles of this 1831 edition, of which American Imprints notes four locations. The most interesting Section, entitled "Of Medical Police", dives into what must have been a hornet's nest of unpleasant intra-physician relationships, warning against "rivalship or jealousy," and admonishing doctors to "divest themselves of private resentments or opinions of one another" in order to put the patient's welfare first. The Society wielded a great deal of power over the admission to practice medicine. Examining "Censors" screened candidates; the course of preparatory study is prescribed. "Quackery" is discouraged. Members who advertise for sale medicines with "secret" ingredients to cure disease are "liable to expulsion." AI 8979 [4].

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Rhode Island:
ADDRESS OF THE REPUBLICAN STATE COMMITTEE TO THE ELECTORS OF RHODE ISLAND.
Knowles, Anthony & Co, Providence:, 1857
Original printed wrappers [corner wear, upper forecorner clipped] with wrapper title [as issued]. Stitched, 18pp. Very Good. The only significant national question is "whether freedom or slavery shall be national, one party claiming, with the framers of the constitution, that the national government shall do nothing whatever to extend or sustain the claim of property in man, and the other that it shall afford it everywhere the same protection that it does to any other species of property." All other issues are "obsolete." When the Constitution was adopted a broad consensus prevailed in all Sections that slavery was founded on despotism, and the notion of property in man abhorrent; it was hoped that slavery would die out. But today the national government actively nurtures the expansion of slavery. This pamphlet was issued about a week before James Buchanan's inauguration, and just before the Supreme Court handed down its decision in the Dred Scott case. FIRST EDITION. Not in Sabin, Dumond, Blockson, LCP.

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Rhode Island:
CONSTITUTION OF THE STATE OF RHODE-ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS. AS ADOPTED BY THE CONVENTION, ASSEMBLED AT PROVIDENCE, NOVEMBER, 1841.
Knowles and Vose Printers, Providence:, 1842
27, [1 blank] pp. Stitched, untrimmed, uncut. Outer leaves tanned and lightly dustsoiled. Signed in type by Henry Y. Cranston, President of the Convention; Thomas A. Jenckes, Secretary; Henry Bowen, Secretary; and Walter W. Updike, Assistant Secretary. Very Good. Known as the Landholders' Constitution, because only owners of real estate and their eldest sons were allowed to vote for delegates to the Convention. Bartlett 90. Sabin 70571.

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Rhode Island:
INSTRUCTIONS FOR PRINCIPAL ASSESSORS. TO [manuscript: Benjamin Johnson, Esq.] WE THE COMMISSIONERS FOR THE STATE OF RHODE-ISLAND UNDER THE ACT OF CONGRESS PASSED ON THE 9TH DAY OF JULY LAST, ENTITLED 'AN ACT TO PROVIDE FOR THE VALUATION OF LANDS AND DWELLING-HOUSES, AND THE ENUMERATION OF SLAVES WITHIN THE UNITED STATES,' HAVE APPOINTED YOU PRINCIPAL ASSESSOR FOR THE ASSESSMENT DISTRICT OF [manuscript: West Greenwich]...
Small folio broadside, 8 1/2" x 12". Untrimmed, a couple of spots and light wear, Very Good. This broadside, completed in manuscript, appoints Benjamin Johnson Esq. the principal assessor for the district of West Greenwich, and sets forth his duties. Dated November 5, 1798, it is signed in manuscript by three Commissioners: Elisha R. Potter, John Dorrance, and John L. Boss. The broadside is evidently unrecorded; Evans 34452 and Alden 1584 record a similar one entitled, 'Instructions for Assistant Assessors.' John Dorrance [c.1747-1813], a native of Providence, graduated from Brown University in 1774. He was a Justice of the Court of Common Pleas; was involved with the Washington Insurance Company and was a director of the Exchange Bank. Governor Fenner once accused Dorrance of having sold the body of a stranger who had committed suicide in exchange for a beaver skin hat. Fenner used the charge to squash Dorrance's run for a seat in the General Assembly in 1801; Dorrance later sued for slander. Elisha Reynolds Potter [1764-1835] born in South Kingston, served in the Revolutionary War as a private. After the war, he studied law and was admitted to the bar in 1789. He was a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives, and a Congressman. John Linscom Boss [Sr.] [1757-1824] was born in Newport, Rhode Island. He was a member of the 1795 Rhode Island General Assembly, and served in the Revolutionary War. He enlisted as an ensign in the Second Company, South Kingston, Rhode Island, in 1777, and in 1780 was engaged in Sullivan's expedition. Not in Evans, Bristol, Shipton, AAS Catalogue, NAIP, Alden. Not located on OCLC as of October 2014.

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Rhode Island:
JANUARY, 1843. AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS...
68, [4 index], 16pp + one large folding table with much information on Rhode Island banks [small closed tear, no text loss], untrimmed, stitched. Extremities worn [some blank edge worming], first and last several leaves foxed. Good+ printing of Session Acts of Rhode Island.

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Rhode Island:
JUNE, 1783. AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE GOVERNOR AND COMPANY OF THE STATE OF RHODE-ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE-PLANTATIONS...ON THE FOURTH MONDAY IN JUNE, [1783]...
John Carter, [Providence:, 1789]
Folio, paper seal present. 28 [of 35] pp. Light to moderate wear. Good only. Evans 18152. Alden 1160.

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Rhode Island:
JUNE, 1799. AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF RHODE-ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE-PLANTATIONS, BEGUN AND HOLDEN, BY ADJOURNMENT, AT NEWPORT, WITHIN AND FOR THE STATE AFORESAID, ON THE SECOND MONDAY IN JUNE, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD [1799]...
Printed by Oliver Farnsworth, Printer to the Honorable General Assembly, [Newport:, 1799]
Folio, 7" x 12". 16pp, stitched and removed. Signed in ink by Samuel Eddy, Secretary. Very Good. This session contains an Act establishing free schools; a report of the Committee appointed to burn State notes; a petition by Quakers to amend the law for regulating the militia; the names of the Justices of the Peace, Military Officers, and Officers of Military Companies appointed during the Session; an Act to appoint two Special Justices of the Court of Common Pleas for the County of Providence. Evans 36219. Alden 1641. NAIP w032948 [7].

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Rhode Island:
MANUAL, WITH RULES AND ORDERS, FOR THE USE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND, 1902. PREPARED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH A RESOLUTION OF HTE GENERAL ASSEMBLY BY CHARLES P. BENNETT, SECRETARY OF STATE.
E.L. Freeman & Sons, State Printers, Providence, RI:, 1902
xxiii, 375pp., photo illustrations, tables, folding map. Green cloth boards with gilt title and decoration [rubbed], gilt lettered spine [spine ends lightly worn]. Light uniform tanning. Bookplate on front pastedown. Very Good.

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Rhode Island:
MANUAL, WITH RULES AND ORDERS, FOR THE USE OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF RHODE ISLAND, 1906. PREPARED, IN ACCORDANCE WITH AN ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY BY CHARLES P. BENNETT, SECRETARY OF STATE.
E.L. Freeman & Sons, State Printers, Providence, RI:, 1906
xxiii, 382pp, illustrations, tables, folding map. Original green cloth boards with gilt lettering and decoration [corners rubbed], gilt lettered spine [spine ends bumped]. Hinges cracked, shaken. Light uniform tanning. Bookplate on front pastedown. Good+.

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Rhode Island:
MARCH, 1776. AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE GOVERNOR AND COMPANY OF THE ENGLISH COLONY OF RHODE-ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS, IN NEW-ENGLAND, IN AMERICA, BEGUN AND HOLDEN [IN CONSEQUENCE OF WARRANTS ISSUED BY HIS HONOR THE GOVERNOR] AT EAST-GREENWICH, WITHIN AND FOR THE SAID COLONY, ON MONDAY THE EIGHTEENTH DAY OF MARCH, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD ONE THOUSAND SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-SIX, AND SIXTEENTH OF THE REIGN OF HIS MOST SACRED MAJESTY GEORGE THE THIRD, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, KING OF GREAT-BRITAIN, AND SO FORTH. PRESENT, THE HONORABLE NICHOLAS COOKE, ESQ; GOVERNOR. THE HONORABLE WILLIAM BRADFORD, ESQ; DEPUTY-GOVERNOR...
Printed by John Carter., [Providence, RI:, 1776]
291-346 pp [lacking page 347]. Folio, stitched, untrimmed. Embossed seal affixed to top left corner of title page [light stain from seal running through top blank corner of text]. Title page and untrimmed edges lightly dustsoiled. Scattered foxing. But for the absent page, Very Good. Many military issues, including a Memorial to General Washington and several pages concerning the "Act for purchasing Two Thousand Arms for the Colony, &c." and the "Act for encouraging the fixing out and authorizing armed Vessels to defend the Sea-Coast of America, and for erecting a Court to try and condemn all Vessels that shall be found infesting the same." Evans 15045. Alden 650.

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Rhode Island:
MR. WALLACE, FROM THE SELECT COMMITTEE TO INQUIRE INTO ALLEGED FRAUDS IN THE LATE ELECTIONS, SUBMITTED THE FOLLOWING REPORT...
SR572., 46th Cong., 2d Sess.:, 1880
324pp, dbd, light edge wear. Very Good. Rhode Island practices a "denial of suffrage to citizens of the United States of foreign birth," and its State government "is nearer an oligarchy than a democracy."

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Rhode Island:
OCTOBER, 1799. AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF RHODE-ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE-PLANTATIONS, BEGUN AND HOLDEN AT SOUTH KINGSTOWN, WITHIN AND FOR THE STATE AFORESAID, ON THE LAST MONDAY IN OCTOBER, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD [1799]...
Printed by Oliver Farnsworth, Printer to the Honorable General Assembly., [Newport:, 1799]
Folio, 7" x 11.75". 29, [1 blank] pp, stitched. Light uniform toning. Signed in manuscript by Samuel Eddy, Secretary. Very Good. This session concerns treasury payments; prints a report of the Committee to burn State notes; the Charter for Washington Lodge, No. 1, in Warren; settlement of the General Treasurer's accounts; an act providing for the recovery and payment of the debts of the Governor's Independent Company of Light Infantry in the Town of Providence; and Acts to incorporate the Foster Safeguards, the Tiverton and Little-Compton Dragoons, and the Bristol Grenadiers. Evans 38384. Alden 1692. NAIP w032949 [7].

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Rhode Island:
RAND, MCNALLY & CO'S INDEXED COUNTY AND RAILROAD POCKET MAP AND SHIPPERS' GUIDE OF RHODE ISLAND...
4" x 6.5." Original printed wrappers, stitched. 14pp + attractive color folding map at rear. Very Good.

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Rhode Island:
REPORT OF THE COMMISSION FOR THE IMPROVEMENT OF NAVIGATION IN THE SEEKONK RIVER, MADE TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY AT ITS JANUARY SESSION, 1910.
Original printed wrappers, stitched, 7 folding maps. Very Good.

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Rhode Island:
REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE ON THE ABOLISHMENT OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENTS. TO THE HONORABLE THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY: JANUARY SESSION, A.D. 1838. THE SUBSCRIBERS, TWO OF THE COMMITTEE APPOINTED TO REVISE THE PENAL CODE, RESPECTFULLY REPRESENT...
Broadsheet, 7 1/2" x 13." [2] pp. Two chips at bottom blank margin, else Fine. W.R. Staples and Samuel Y. Atwell sign this broadsheet in type, at the end. They urge an end to capital punishment in Rhode Island. "We appeal now to the Legislature of Rhode-Island to try another experiment-- one which is approved by the philosophy of a Franklin, the philanthropy of a Rush, and the research of a Livingston." They give their reasons: "There are many people in our community who will not complain or prosecute for a crime punishable with death." Thus, "the severity of such punishments favors the escape of the guilty." And, "the punishments are unequal...The same punishment awaits" convictions for robbery as for murder. Moreover, the death penalty is "irremediable": mistakes cannot be corrected. AI 52646 [1- Brown].

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Rhode Island:
RHODE ISLAND MEMORIAL.
HR581., 28th Cong. 1st Sess.:, 1844
172pp, caption title, disbound. Scattered foxing. Very Good. Sabin 70728

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Rhode Island:
STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS. ANNUAL REPORT OF THE COMMISSIONER OF DAMS AND RESERVOIRS, TO HIS EXCELLENCY LUCIUS F. C. GARVIN, GOVERNOR, JANUARY, 1904.
E.L. Freeman & Sons, State Printers., Providence, R.I.:, 1904
32, [1, index] pp. Brown cloth boards with gilt lettered title on front [minor wear], handwritten spine title. 34 plates [20 folding, 14 single page], 14 full page photo illus. Institutional rubberstamp on title page. Small hole at pp. 9/10 [a few letters lost on p.10]. Light tanning. OCLC 29046010 [4, serial publication].

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Rhode Island:
STATE OF RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS. REPORT OF STATE HARBOR IMPROVEMENT COMMISSION MADE TO THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY JANUARY, 1912. ACCOMPANIED BY SKETCH OF PROPOSED PIER NO. 1, AT PROVIDENCE, AND MAPS SHOWING PROPERTIES IN PROVIDENCE AND PAWTUCKET ACQUIRED BY COMMISSION IN THE NAME AND BEHALF OF THE STATE.
E.L. Freeman Company, State Printers., Providence, R.I.:, 1912
12pp, 3 folding maps, original printed wrappers, bound with two staples. Minor dustsoiling of wrappers. Very Good.

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Rhode Island:
SURVEY OF PAWCATUCK RIVER, RHODE ISLAND. LETTER FROM THE SECRETARY OF WAR, TRANSMITTING, WITH A LETTER FROM THE CHIEF OF ENGINEERS, REPORT OF A 54th Cong., 1st Sess. HD62. 1895.
3, [1 blank]pp, folding map, disbound a bit roughly. Else Very Good.

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Rhode Island:
TO THE FREEMEN OF THE STATE OF RHODE-ISLAND, &C. &C.
15pp, caption title, stitched, untrimmed and partly uncut. Light stain to lower portion. Very Good. A plea to turn out from office the "high-toned gentry" who brought the State to ruin by prosecuting the War of 1812. Voters should return the Federalist Governor Jones, who meticulously preserved Rhode Island's sovereignty by refusing to contribute troops to the general militia. Otherwise, "you elect many of the hirelings and Tax-gatherers of a Government, which, by its misconduct the last twelve years, has brought this country to a state of mourning and misery..." FIRST EDITION. AI 42299 (1 copy). NUC 0240590 (4 copies). Not in Sabin or Bartlett.

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[Providence, Rhode Island]:
CITY CHARTER, PROPOSED FOR THE ADOPTION OF THE FREEMEN OF PROVIDENCE, AT A TOWN MEETING, TO BE HOLDEN APRIL 29TH, 1829. PRINTED FOR THE USE OF THE FREEMEN, BY ORDER OF THE TOWN.
12pp. Stitched and untrimmed. Lightly foxed, blank upper portion of title leaf torn. Good+. By 1829, Providence had grown to city-like proportions. Its population now exceeded 16,000. The Town Meeting agreed to hand control over city government to elected municipal officials. The Freemen approved this charter proposal by a vote of 312 to 222. They assumed-- optimistically-- that elected officials would be better qualified to spend public moneys. Bartlett, Rhode Island 214. AI 40192 [5].

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[Rhode Island Property Assessment]:
LIST OF LANDS, LOTS OF GROUND, WITH THEIR IMPROVEMENTS, DWELLING HOUSES, AND SLAVES, OWNED BY EDWARD T. GLADDING OF BRISTOL ON THE FIRST DAY OF FEBRUARY A.D. 1814, LYING AND BEING WITHIN THE FIRST DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF RHODE-ISLAND, &C. VIZ. IN THE TOWN OF BRISTOL AND COUNTY OF BRISTOL. LOT OF LAND BOUNDED EAST ON HIGH STREET, EST ON ALND OF CHARLES D. WOLF, NORTH ON LAND OF JONATHAN NOONING AND SOUTH ON LAND OF NATHAN BARDIN, , CONTAINING EIGHTEEN RODS & 100 FEET HAVING THEREON ONE DWELLING HOUSE OF WOOD, TWO STORIES PARTLY FINISHED.
Small paper, 6.25" x 7.5". Pre-printed form, completed and signed in manuscript. The words "and Slaves" have been crossed out. Light toning and wear, minimal foxing. Very Good. The Gladdings of Bristol were a large, extended family; their ancestors helped found the town. Edward T[olbee] Gladding [c.1788-1858] was the son of one of the John Gladdings [1762-1821] and his wife Rachel of Bristol. Charles De Wolf [1745-1820] was a rich and prominent merchant. The De Wolfs were well known for having made much of their fortune in the slave trade, and Charles was the owner of several notorious slave ships. The printed form solicits information on "slaves," who-- although Gladding apparently was not a slave owner-- were in bondage in Rhode Island until the total abolition of slavery there in 1842. Before that date, the gradual emancipation law freed children born to slave mothers after 1784. Rhode Island's economy was heavily dependent upon the West Indian trade. Rum was its biggest export

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[Rhode Island Property Assessment]:
LIST OF LANDS, LOTS OF GROUND, WITH THEIR IMPROVEMENTS, DWELLING HOUSES, AND SLAVES, OWNED BY JOHN GLADDING 3D ON THE FIRST DAY OF FEBRUARY A.D. 1814, LYING AND BEING WITHIN THE FIRST DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF RHODE-ISLAND, &C. VIZ. IN THE TOWN OF BRISTOL AND COUNTY OF BRISTOL. LOT OF LAND BOUNDED NORTH ON BURTON STREET, EAST ON LAND OF LEMUEL CLARKE, SOUTH ON LAND OF LEMUEL CLARKE, AND WEST ON LAND OF JOHN GLADDING, JUN., CONTAINING TWENTY RODS.
Pre-printed form, 3" x 7-1/2", completed and signed in manuscript. The words "Dwelling Houses, and Slaves" have been crossed out. Light toning, small chip to top blank corner. Very Good. The Gladdings of Bristol were a large, extended family. Several Gladdings with this name existed around Bristol at this time. Lemuel Clarke, whose land was adjacent to Gladding, was a vestryman of the local Episcopal Church. The printed form solicits information on "slaves," who-- although Gladding apparently was not a slave owner-- were in bondage in Rhode Island until the total abolition of slavery there in 1842. Before that date, the gradual emancipation law freed children born to slave mothers after 1784. Rhode Island's economy was heavily dependent upon the West Indian trade. Rum was its biggest export.

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[Rhode Island Property Assessment]:
LIST OF LANDS, LOTS OF GROUND, WITH THEIR IMPROVEMENTS, DWELLING HOUSES, AND SLAVES, OWNED BY NATHL. GLADDING OF BRISTOL ON THE FIRST DAY OF FEBRUARY A.D. 1814, LYING AND BEING WITHIN THE FIRST DISTRICT OF THE STATE OF RHODE-ISLAND, &C. VIZ. IN THE TOWN OF BRISTOL AND COUNTY OF BRISTOL. LOT OF LAND BOUNDED SOUTH ON BRADFORD STREET, WEST ON LAND OF SAML. WARDWELL, NORTH ON LAND OF NATH. FALES, & WEST ON LAND OF SAML R. PAIN CONTAINING FORTY RODS, HAVING THEREON ONE DWELLING HOUSE OF WOOD, 2 STORIES, 39 FEET BY 32 FEET, ONE BARN & ONE STORE.
Small paper, 6.25" x 7.5". Preprinted form, completed and signed in manuscript. The words "and Slaves" have been crossed out. Approximately twenty lines of manuscript describing five parcels of land. Light toning and wear, minimal foxing. Very Good. The Gladdings of Bristol were a large, extended family; their ancestors helped found the town. Although many family members had the same names, the subject and signer of this document was likely Capt. Nathaniel Gladding [1775-1838], a master and owner in the merchant carrying trade. Capt. Gladding served in the General Assembly of Rhode Island from 1812-1815. He died after becoming ill on a trip aboard the Schooner Le Bruce from New Orleans to Bristol; he was buried in the Gulf of Mexico. [Gladding, Henry C.: THE GLADDING BOOK, Providence: 1901, Page N of the Genealogical Chart; Arnold, James: VITAL RECORD OF RHODE ISLAND, 1636-1850. FIRST SERIES. BIRTH, MARRIAGES AND DEATHS. VOLUME 6. BRISTOL COUNTY. Providence: 1894. Page 135.] Of the several names contained in the property descriptions is that of Levi De Wolf, one of the brothers of the large and wealthy De Wolf family of Bristol, Rhode Island. The De Wolfs were well known for having made much of their fortune in the slave trade. Although many of their peers frowned upon their business, it didn't keep the De Wolfs from being elected to several political offices. Levi is said to have been the more religious of the brothers, losing much of his wealth after his conscience led him to leave the slave trade. [Perry: CHARLES D'WOLF OF GUADALOUPE. Chapter 1. "Descendants of Anthony De Wolf.] The printed form solicits information on "slaves," who-- although Gladding apparently was not a slave owner-- were in bondage in Rhode Island until the total abolition of slavery there in 1842. Before that date, the gradual emancipation law freed children born to slave mothers after 1784. Rhode Island's economy was heavily dependent upon the West Indian trade. Rum was its biggest export.

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[Rhode Island] Dorrance, John:
TO THE FREEMEN OF THE STATE OF RHODE-ISLAND. IT HAVING BEEN REPRESENTED THAT MR. WILLIAM GREENE, AS ONE OF THE STATE'S COMMITTEE, CONDUCTED IMPROPERLY, I THINK IT A DUTY TO GIVE A TRUE STATE OF THAT BUSINESS IN RESPECT TO HIM...
Printed by D. Wheeler, Providence:, [1796]
Broadside, 9-1/8" x 11-1/2". Old fold lines, light wear and soil. Else Very Good, with irregular bottom edge. This unrecorded broadside expresses the public outrage over a State Committee's determination of the various rates at which Rhode Island towns would be taxed. Committeeman Greene was vilified for voting to increase taxes for certain towns. Dorrance defends Greene's honor and integrity, although Greene's views "differed very much from myself." Dorrance signs his name in type at the bottom, with the printed place and date: "Providence, August 26, 1796." John Dorrance [c.1747-1813], a native of Providence, graduated from Brown University in 1774. He was a Justice of the Court of Common Pleas; was involved with the Washington Insurance Company and a director of the Exchange Bank. Governor Fenner once accused Dorrance of having sold the body of a stranger who had committed suicide in exchange for a beaver skin hat. Fenner used the charge to squash Dorrance's run for a seat in the General Assembly in 1801; Dorrance later sued for slander. Not in Evans, Shipton & Mooney, Bristol, NAIP, ESTC, Alden, or [as of March 2017] on the online sites of OCLC, Library of Congress, AAS, Brown University, Yale, Harvard.

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[Rhode Island]:
(CIRCULAR.) GENTLEMEN, THE FREEMEN OF THE TOWN OF PROVIDENCE, DEEPLY IMPRESSED WITH THE INEQUALITY AND INJUSTICE OF THE ESTIMATE OF THE RATEABLE PROPERTY OF THE STATE, AS REPORTED BY SEVEN OF THE STATE'S COMMITTEE, AND ADOPTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY...
Broadside, 12-3/4" x 15-1/2", dated in type at the top, "Providence, June 29th, 1796." Six paragraphs in two columns separated by a decorative vertical line. A short, closed margin tear; a small pinhole slightly affecting a letter; light toning. Irregular bottom edge. Very Good. Signed in ink at the bottom "In Behalf of the Town" by Jabez Bowen, Moderator. This scarce broadside invites "other towns to choose delegates to a meeting to be held in Providence July 26, 1796, in opposition to the tax estimate recently enacted by the state, and to devise means for securing redress." A great public outcry resulted from the legislation; citizens of Providence and some other towns charged that they had been taxed unfairly and excessively. The Circular denounces "the glaring inconsistency of an Estimate, by which enormous additions were made to some Towns, and the advantages to be derived from those additions confined to a few, who had no greater claim to relief than others, but obtained it by their influence in the Committee." Charges of corruption and misfeasance are legion. Evans 31059. Alden 1481. NAIP w011880 [4].

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[Rhode Island]:
AT A GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF RHODE-ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS. IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES, JUNE 18, A.D. 1796. THE UNDERWRITTEN REPRESENTATIVES DISSENT FROM THE BILL FOR ESTABLISHING AN ESTIMATE OF THE VALUE OF RATEABLE PROPERTY IN THE SEVERAL TOWNS IN THIS STATE...
Printed by G. Wheeler, [Providence]:, [1796]
Broadside, 7-5/8" x 12-7/8". Light uniform toning, old folds, Very Good. This rare broadside objects to the General Assembly's "arbitrary and capricious" assessments, particularly for Providence and Bristol Counties. Providence is "estimated at more than double the Town of Newport." It is signed in type by fifteen Representatives, headed by Welcome Arnold. Also printed is a unanimous Resolution of the Providence Town Meeting held on June 23, 1796: "That no Assessment of this Town's Apportionment of the State Tax, as ordered by the General Assembly, at their June Session, shall be made by the Assessors of this Town; such Apportionment being manifestly unconstitutional." Beneath that is another Vote of the Providence Town Meeting to publicize the foregoing Protests. "A minority report of representatives dissenting from a recently enacted tax law; signed by Welcome Arnold and fourteen others. Followed by attested records of town meetings held in Providence June 23 and 29, 1796, declaring the act was unconstitutional" [NAIP]. Evans 31095. Alden 1491. NAIP w010487 [4].

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[Rhode Island]:
DECEMBER, 1774. AT THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE GOVERNOR AND COMPANY OF THE ENGLISH COLONY OF RHODE-ISLAND, AND PROVIDENCE - PLANTATIONS, IN NEW-ENGLAND, IN AMERICA; BEGUN AND HOLDEN, IN CONSEQUENCE OF WARRANS ISSUED BY HIS HONOR THE GOVERNOR, AT PROVIDENCE, WITHIN AND FOR SAID COLONY, ON THE FIRST MONDAY IN DECEMBER, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD, ONE THOUSAND, SEVEN HUNDRED AND SEVENTY-FOUR, AND FIFTEENTH OF THE REIGN OF HIS MOST SACRED MAJESTY GEORGE THE THIRD, BY THE GRACE OF GOD, KING OF GREAT-BRITAIN, AND SO FORTH. PRESENT, THE HONORABLE JOSEPH WANTON, ESQ; GOVERNOR. THE HONORABLE DARIUS SESSIONS, ESQ; DEPUTY-GOVERNOR.
Printed by Solomon Southwick, [Newport:, 1775]
Caption title [as issued]. pp 125-156 [lacking final page 157 (which includes 5 lines of text, the closing, and the imprint); provided in facsimile]. Folio, stitched, untrimmed. Embossed seal affixed to top left corner of title page. Lightly spotted. In manuscript at head of title page: 'To Joseph Cranoal Esq.' Very Good. Acts establish Military Companies, with the names 'Scituate Hunters', 'Train of Artillery', 'Providence Fusiliers', and 'North Providence Rangers'. Other matters addressed include regulation of the Militia, purchasing cannons and other firearms and supplies for the Colony, and appointment of delegates to represent the Colony in General Congress. Evans 13571. Alden 616. NAIP 033944 [5].

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