Rhode Island Politics and the American Revolution, 1760- 1776

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1. Carl Becker, The History of Political Parties in the Province of New York, 1760- 1776 ( Madison, Wisc., 1909).
2. See in particular, Lewis B. Namier, The Structure of Politics at the Accession of George III ( 2 vols., London, 1929) and England in the Age of the American Revolution ( London, 1930); Richard Pares, King George III and the Politicians ( Oxford, Eng., 1953); Robert Walcott, English Politics in the Early Eighteenth Century ( Cambridge, Mass., 1956).

1. The Charter of the Governor and Company of the English Colony of Rhode Island, John Russell Bartlett, ed., Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in New England ( Providence, 1857), II, 3-21. (Hereafter cited Recs. Col. R.I.)
2. Letters, A-B (n.p., n.d.), NHS.
3. For a biographical sketch of Samuel Ward, see Bernhard Knollenberg, ed., Correspondence of Governor Samuel Ward, May 1775-March 1776 ( Providence, 1952), pp. 3-13. See also Clifford P. Monahon, "Genealogy of the Ward Family,"ibid., pp. 212-214; Recs. Col. R.I., IV, V.
4. Monahon, "Genealogy of the Ward Family," p. 212; Recs. Col. R.I., IV, 88, 168, et passim.
5. John Russell Bartlett, History of the Wanton Family of Newport, Rhode Island, in Rhode Island Historical Tracts, Parts 3-4 ( Providence, 1878), pp. 23-60; Recs. Col. R.I., III, 522-524, 532, 553, 564, IV, 47-48, 87, 89, 102, et passim.
6. Governor Joseph Jenckes refused his assent to the bill to emit £60,000 of paper money in 1731. The Assembly took the position that under the charter the Governor had no power to veto an act of the legislature. Upon an appeal to England, judgment was given that the Assembly was right; the Governor of Rhode Island possessed no veto power, nor could he refuse to have the colony seal affixed to an act of the Assembly. See Recs. Col. R.I., IV, 456-461.
7. Ibid., 469, 481; William Wanton attacked Ward in a broadside dated Newport, Jan. 3, 1733. See Broadsides, RIHS.
8. Bartlett, History of the Wanton Family, p. 33; Recs. Col. R.I., IV, 495-496, 506, 572, 576, et passim.
9. Recs. Col. R.I., IV, 576, V, 207, 489, VI, 47, 260. Three of Samuel Ward's children married into the Greene family. Monahon, "Genealogy of the Ward Family," p. 216.
10. Recs. Col. R.I., V, passim.
11. James B. Hedges, The Browns of Providence Plantations, Colonial Years ( Cambridge, Mass., 1952), chs. I, II, et passim.
12. For an account of Hopkins, see William E. Foster, Stephen Hopkins, a Rhode Island Statesman, a Study in the Political History of the Eighteenth Century ( 2 vols., Providence, 1884); Recs. Col. R.I., V, VI.


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