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General Assembly. State of Rhode Island & Providence Plantation [with seal]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC06077 Author/Creator: Place Written: Providence Type: Pamphlet Date: 1784/10 Pagination: 30 p. 31.6 x 19.6 cm

Printed by John Carter. Resolution welcoming Lafayette back to America. documentation of payment to Gideon Davenport for service by his slaves in Rhode Island's Continental battalions (p. 12). With state seal.

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