Where R.I.’s past comes alive

HISTORY PRESERVED: Phoebe Bean, associate director of the Rhode Island Historical Society’s Mary Elizabeth Robinson Research Center, shows off a ledger from John Carter, 18th-century printer of the Providence Gazette, along with other historical business documents. PBN PHOTO/MICHAEL SALERNO
PROVIDENCE – A year after being expelled from Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1636, Rhode Island founder Roger Williams was still communicating with the more moderate leaders of the religiously conservative colony, including co-founder John Winthrop.  A handwritten note to Winthrop from Williams on now faded and browning parchment details a financial dispute he mediated in…

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