This collection consists mainly of letters, receipts, and accounts relating to Abraham Redwood (1709-1788), the founder of the Redwood Library, and his business dealings in Newport, Rhode Island. Also included are documents concerning the Redwood Library, Abraham Redwood’s contemporaries in Newport, and later letters from David King, a former president of the Redwood Library.
Letter from Samuel Brown (1753 or 1754-1825), a prominent Boston merchant, to William Vernon (1719-1806), regarding papers received from William Tudor (1750-1819) and a letter from a man called “Gray” about his slaves.
Guide to the Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., collection of manuscripts
0.42 linear foot (1 document case)
1711-1920 and undated (bulk 1711-1870)
This collection consists mainly of letters, receipts, and accounts from 1711-1920 that were collected by Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr. (1910-2009). The majority of these documents regard various people, places, and events in Newport, Rhode Island, from the colonial period through the early twentieth century.
29.5 linear feet (15 record boxes, 1 document case, 1 half document case, 3 small flat boxes, 11 oversize flat boxes)
1870-2009 (bulk 1950-2006)
Ralph E. Carpenter, Jr., (1910-2009) was a respected connoisseur and collector of American decorative arts, instrumental in various historical preservation projects throughout Newport, Rhode Island. This collection consists of his correspondence, subject files, personal records, research materials, photographs, and scrapbooks documenting his career, historical preservation pursuits, and other personal interests.
This collection consists of one letter from William Ellery (1727-1827), collector of the port of Newport, Rhode Island, to David L. Barnes (1760-1812), Rhode Island District Attorney, regarding maritime law.
This letter from Governor William Greene (1731-1809) to the sheriff of Newport County, William Davis (fl. 1784), gives direction on when and how to announce the success of the Treaty of Paris (1783) between the United States and the King of England.