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"...I saw a mulatto fellow under the forecastle in irons. I said unto him, "so you are one of the rogues that have been burning the Gaspee;" he replied, "he never saw her, nor knew anything about her;''


"...immediately after, he saw a man in the bow of one of the boats fires a musket and wound the Lieutenant, upon which the Lieutenant cried out 'Lord have mercy upon me, I am done for'..."


"...the boats were hailed again, and the answer returned by some of the people in said boats was 'Damn your blood, we have you now.' The Captain [Lt. Duddingston] ordered all hands on deck..."


"...The captain of the gang ordered Lieutenant Duddingston on his knees and to beg his life; he said he would not, he was wounded; whereupon the said captain answered, 'Damn your blood, you are shot by your own people;' "


"...I cannot recollect, that the Gaspee was then run on shore; neither do remember any person giving me that information; I never heard any intimation of an intention to burn the Gaspee, nor do I know any person...concerned in that transaction..."

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"...declares...that he was...at a tavern where he spent the evening...and after supper he heard a drum beat in the street...it had been training day and the people were breaking up their frolic..."


"...before sunset that evening I had heard that the said schooner was aground; but had not then the least suspicion that any mischief was intended to be done to said schooner..."

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"...and then mentioned to some of the other judges of the court, that I had entirely forgot to give the business of destroying the Gaspee and wounding Lieutenant Duddingston in charge to the grand jury..."


"...when the people from Bristol brought the said news of the Gaspee's being burnt she was then lying on the shore with her seams much opened..."


"...there was ...a schooner cruising in the Narragansett river, that disturbed all the vessels ... that were passing therein, by chasing, firing at and searching them, and often treating the people aboard of them with the most abusive language..."


Broadside to announce the ratification of the U.S. Constitution by the R.I. Constitutional Convention.


Endorsement of the ratification of the U.S. Constitution by the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations.


Resolution from the Constitutional Convention calling for ratification by the several states, September 17, 1787.


Article 5 - Defines the method of amending the Constitution; Article 6 - Defines the Constitution as the supreme law of the United States; Article 7 - Endorsements (Signatures).


Articles 3 - Establishes the Supreme Court and defines the terms of service of all U.S. federal judges; Article 4 - Requires that each state must respect the laws of all other states.


Articles 2 - Establishes the offices of the President and Vice President, establishes the Electoral College.


Articles 1, Sections 9-10 - Establishing Congress as the first of the three branches of government.


Article 1, Sections 6-8 - Establishing Congress as the first of the three branches of government.

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