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Accession number 2012.31
Call Number MS.2012.31
Collection Manuscript and Archives Collection
Title Testimony of Thomas Richardson, 1756 July 23
Date 1756 July 23
Creator Richardson, Thomas
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.
Admin/Biographical History 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.

People Howard, Martin
Lyndon, Josias
Richardson, Thomas
Wright, Josy
Subjects Counterfeiting
Real estate development
Archivist Parillo, Stacie