The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 48, July 1944 - April, 1945 Page: 138
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
Commonwealth, signed by twelve of the leading men of Prov-
idence only fifteen years after the colony was established and
while Roger Williams was absent in England trying to get
the charter restored, is not recorded in the original Colony
Records nor in the original Providence Town Records. The
historians of Rhode Island apparently missed the importance
and significance of the document and dismissed it with casual
mention if it were mentioned at all.
This small volume is a- study of the document and the
men who signed it. Mr. Bowen says, "Knowing the lives
of these men who were actually making its history, we are
able to reconstruct a middle of the seventeenth century picture
of the Town of Providence not found elsewhere." Since this
document has lain unheralded for 291 years, one wonders what
we may be overlooking among our documents and records that
likewise might mirror the early life of our towns and com-
The author presented this monograph to the Association.
CORAL H. TULLIS.
The University of Texas
The Texas State Historical Association acknowledges receipt
of the following:
Papers in Illinois History, 1941, and Transactions for the
Year, 1941, from the Illinois State Historical Society.
Archives of Maryland, Vol. 59. Proceedings and Acts of the
General Assembly of Maryland, 1764-65. J. Hall Pleasants,
editor. Published by Maryland Historical Society.
David Dale Owen, Pioneer Geologist of the Middle West,
by Walter Brookfield Hendrickson. Published by the Indiana
Historical Bureau, Indianapolis, 1943.
Peter Melendy, The Mind and the Soil, by Luella M. Wright.
This is another volume in the Iowa Biographical Series put
out by the State Historical Society of Iowa.
Cultural Story of' an American City, Cleveland, Part I,
1796-1825, by Elbert Joy Benton. Published by Western Reserve
Historical Society. Several maps and illustrations are included.
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