Roger Williams Letter At RWNM

(3.17) Head over to the Roger Williams National Memorial for the third of four Throwback Thursdays. The RWNM has been coordinating with the Rhode Island Historical Society to display and explain the original letters of Roger Williams. And the letter this week is a gonna need some explaining. (See below for translation.)

The letter, To Governor John Endicott, shatters the stereotypes of early colonial America. For example, Thomas the Scot dies in a drunken canoe accident. Other Providence residents were involved in typical extra-legal activities.

Okay, so peach beer and canoes don’t mix . . . but who the hell is Long Dick? I suspect that Ranger Smith’s natural dignity has her burying the lead here (I am not so encumbered) but I’m sure she has all the answers.

Come in and learn about this letter, grab a cup of coffee, and come face to face with history. (Click here for the RIHS Roger Williams Gallery of his correspondence and artifacts.)

Also, bring your wallet — the RWNM has a great gift shop: caps, mugs, and an excellent book selection.

4pm to 8pm, Thursday, March 17, Roger Williams National Memorial visitor center, 282 North Main Street, (directions)


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