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From the Archives: The Turner, Prout, and Yates Families Papers

Guest post by Mollie Surprenant, NHS Archives Intern and graduate student at Simmons School of Library and Information Science.

The Turner, Prout, and Yates families papers have been processed at the Newport Historical Society, and a finding aid is now available on the NHS website. This collection consists of

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Recent Acquisition: Page from William Ellery’s letter book

Last week, the Newport Historical Society acquired a page from a letter book belonging to William Ellery, Newport ‘s signer of the Declaration of Independence. The page has been returned to its original location in the letter book at NHS, after having been missing for decades.

Ellery wrote the draft letters on this page in March of 1797. One is addressed to Oliver Wolcott, Jr., successor to Alexander Hamilton as Secretary of the Treasury. This is not the only Wolcott related item among NHS’ s collections. His father, Oliver Wolcott, Sr., was a former Continental Army officer, signer of the Declaration of Independence, and 19th Governor of Connecticut. NHS has a locket in its collection

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