Historians have not been sure whether the French officers who were billeted here during the winter of 1780-1781 paid rent for their lodgings or not. No evidence of payments had ever been produced, until two letters found in the Lopez papers have now settled this question in an intriguing fashion.
"The French in Newport: Paying Guests or Free-Loaders?,"
Newport History: Vol. 56:
191, Article 4.
Available at: https://digitalcommons.salve.edu/newporthistory/vol56/iss191/4