|Collection||Manuscript and Archives Collection|
|Title||Testimony of Thomas Richardson, 1756 July 23|
|Date||1756 July 23|
|Extent of Description||1 sheet of paper, oversized|
|Scope & Content||Testimony of Thomas Richardson, Rhode Island's General Treasurer to Martin Howard, Justice of the Peace about his involvement in forfeited lands by Joseph Munro of Swansea. Munro is accused of counterfeiting Rhode Island bills of credit. Those counterfeit bills were then by Richardson to John Cole of Warren. Document is signed by Richardson, John Howard, Josias Lyndon.|
At the time of the document's creation Josias Lyndon was Clerk of the Assembly, but later would become Governor of Rhode Island for a single year term.
Martin Howard was a lawyer and Loyalist, who in 1765 wrote a pamphlet criticizing American colonists' disregard for Royal authority. As a result of his political views, he and two other Loyalists were hanged in effigy in front of the Colony House. A crowd later attacked Howard's home, (Newport's Wanton-Lyman-Hazard House) vandalizing it. Soon after Howard fled Newport and never returned.
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