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Found: A First American Edition of Blackstone’s Commentaries

This post is contributed by Gabriella Angeloni, Supervisory Buchanan/Burnham Fellow

William Ellery’s complete four-volume set of Sir William Blackstone’s Commentaries on the Laws of England was found tucked at the bottom of an uncatalogued box of books in NHS collections. This find is particularly exciting, as it is a

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History Byte: The Transit of Venus

In early June 1769, the Reverend Doctor Ezra Stiles (1727-1795) was compiling his “to do” list, reviewing sermons at his Second Congregational Church and, of course, preparing for the Transit of Venus. Newport’s greatest multi-tasker had transformed his quiet Clarke Street residence into a bustling astronomical observatory to watch

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Found: Diving Bell Sketch and Record of Underwater Salvage Operations, 1815

A detailed record of underwater salvage operations in and around Narragansett Bay has been discovered in an early 19th century letter book. The operations were conducted from April to November, 1815 from the Sloop Mary Ann, captained by Asa Brooks. The record reveals that the salvagers used a diving

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