Ron M. Potvin


The first article in this issue by Bradford A. Becken and Ruth Kennedy Myers looks at the important role Newport played during Parliament's attempt to impose a Stamp Act on the colonies in 1765, and who discovered the mystery upon which their article, "Who was John Webber?" is based. Also in this issue, in their article, "A Pre-Columbian Origin for the Newport Tower Can (Still) Almost Certainly be Excluded: A Reply to Professor Andre J. de Bethune," Jan Heinemeier and Rogne Jungner respond to a critique of their dating of mortar samples from the Old Stone Mill. Finally, I would like to announce the release of a new type of publication by the Newport Historical Society and its Publications Committee: the official Newport Historical Society Internet website. The site can be found at www.newporthistorical.org.