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Image of Independence Declared in the Journal of the Upper House on June 18, 1776.


Upon a Copy of the Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen Independent States of America – resolved that the within Copy of the Declaration of Independence of the Thirteen United States of American go entered upon the Records of this State –…


In the Upper House Resolves that the Resolution of the General Congress declaring and the Act of this Assembly approving said Resolution The United Colonies free and independent States ^ be published By the Secretary in To Morrow ^…


July 19, 1776 To the House of Magstr. Gent. This House taking into the most serious Consideration the Resolution of the Most Honorable the General Congress of the United states of America of the 4th instant declaring the said States free and…


Image of Rhode Island Delegates to the Continental Congress
Stephen Hopkins & William Ellery's letter to Governor Nicholas Cook concerning the cannon furnished to the Continental Navy at Newport and the status of troops stationed in Canada written…


Image of the repealing of the Act of Allegiance to the King recorded in Journal of the Upper House, passed on May 4 1776.


Image of the Act ordering Allegiance to the King passed on November 17, 1756. This document shows the oath of allegiance to the King required by the Act to Better Regulate & Govern the Future Conduct of Persons Disaffected to his Majesty’s Person…


Whereas the General Congress of the United States of America by the Resolution of the 4th Instant after enumerate-- ing many of the various Acts by which George the Third King of Great Britain hath demonstrated his intention to establish an…


Image of the Act for Raising 1500 Men to Defend Colonies, April 25, 1775 & protest of Governor Wanton et al against. On April 25, 1775, less a week after the first military engagements of Revolutionary War erupted at Lexington & Concord,…


Image of the Aaron Burr (Vice President and President of the U.S. Senate) letter to the Governor of Rhode Island informing him of the resignation of Honorable Ray Greene of his Senate seat. From the Biographical Directory of the United States Senate:…


Image of the Alexander Hamilton (Secretary of the Treasury) letter to the Governor of Rhode Island regarding the settling of accounts with regards to the army. From the U.S. Department of Treasury history of Alexander Hamilton (1789 - 1795): At the…


Image of the Alexander Hamilton (Secretary of the Treasury) letter to the Governor of Rhode Island regarding the balance of $299,611.00 in Rhode Island's favor following the settling of accounts between the United States and the individual states. …


Image of the poster for the Rhode Island State Archives Thomas Wilson Dorr: Rhode Island's Reform Governor exhibit.Nearly seventy years after the Declaration of Independence, Rhode Island was still governed by the English Royal Charter. Suffrage…


Letter from President Tyler to Governor King regarding the Dorr Rebellion, 1842.Nearly seventy years after the Declaration of Independence, Rhode Island was still governed by the English Royal Charter. Suffrage rights guaranteed under the…


Image of the poster for the Rhode Island State Archives Charities and Corrections: Life at the State Institutions exhibit.See also: Cranston: National Register of Historic Places, 1984 Report of the Committee of State Charities and Corrections…


Images of the State Prison at Howard.Beginning in the late 1870’s and the 1880’s the original wooden structures at the state farm were gradually replaced by stone ones, many of which remain today. The Adult Correctional Institute was…


Image of Stone Hall at the State Hospital for the Insane at Howard.In 1888, the General Assembly appropriated funds for a new almshouse to replace the frame building that had been originally built for the insane. Known now as the Center Building, the…


Image of the State Workhouse and House of Correction at Howard.Plans for a state farm reflect the adoption by the state of Rhode Island of some of the current thinking affecting social services. The selection of a pastoral site far from the…


Image of the Male Consumptives Hospital at the State Almshouse.Plans for a state farm reflect the adoption by the state of Rhode Island of some of the current thinking affecting social services. The selection of a pastoral site far from the…


Image of the State Almshouse.Plans for a state farm reflect the adoption by the state of Rhode Island of some of the current thinking affecting social services. The selection of a pastoral site far from the city is indicative of the prevailing…

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