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Editor's Note


This issue of Newport History features an extensive study of Solomon Southwick, a Newport native who became the printer and editor of the Newport Mercury, and an important voice for American independence. The author of his complex and fascinating story is C. Deirdre Phelps, who shares ancestry with Southwick—who was in turn a descendant of Lawrence and Cassandra Southwick, the Quaker martyrs of Salem, Massachusetts. The photograph spread in this issue celebrates the recent issuance of the third edition of C.P.B. Jefferys’ brief monograph on Newport. First published by the Newport Historical Society in 1976, and then revised by its Publications Committee and republished by the Society in 1992, this “vest pocket” history of Newport has been continually popular over the decades.