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    Quite often here at the Redwood Library we stumble across an artifact in our vault that really knocks our socks off. Today we offer a letter written by Secretary of State Thomas Jefferson on behalf of President George Washington. It is a letter informing one William Channing Esq. that he has been appointed by the President as the First U. S. Attorney of the State of Rhode Island under the newly ratified Constitution of the United States.

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 An Engraving of King Philip by Paul Revere, illustration from the 1772 edition of Benjamin Church's The Entertaining History of King Philip's War

     

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     Starting  on Wednesday August 24, award winning architectural historian John Tschirch will begin his lecture series titled “The Great English House”. The series visits four remarkable homes famed for their design, collections, and legendary occupants. Each house is a time capsule of English history beginning with the Elizabethan Era.

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Between 1620 and 1636 colonists from England began settling the land of what would become the states of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and Connecticut.  History books tell tales of these brave men and women coming to the New World with nothing more than their religious zeal or a sense of new business ventures. Their goal was to make a better life for themselves and their descendants and in that regard most were successful.

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The Redwood has been home to many readers, one of our most famous is poet Emma Lazaruz (1849-1887). The Lazarus family had a summer home here in Newport, "The Beeches" at 647 Bellevue Avenue. However, her family ties to Newport go much further, her great-great grandmother on her mother’s side, Grace Seixas Nathan, was the sister of famed Touro Synagogue leader,Seixas (known for his correspondence with Gen. Washington).  

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Did you know that the Redwood Library has not one, but two letters signed by Thomas Jefferson? Click here to read more.

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To celebrate our upcoming holiday weekend, and in order to reflect on the meaning and cost of American independence, we have chosen to feature some stanzas from “A Poem, on the Fourth of July, 1798” by John Miller Russell. Click here to read more.

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While Independence Day might not be until Monday, we are kicking off the Fourth of July weekend by celebrating the lives of our Founding Fathers. We created a list of great reads that showecase the remarkable personalities that created our country. Do you have any favorites we left out?

 

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What better way to celebrate the 4th of July then by picking up a book about the American Revolution? While numerous books have been written on this struggle for independence, we've have compiled a list of our 15 favorite books on the topic. What is your favorites?

 

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