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Editor's Note


In November 1663, John Clarke arrived in Newport with a new Charter for the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations. Granted by King Charles II four months earlier, the Charter was groundbreaking in containing for the first time a monarch’s guarantee of freedom of religion. In 2013, organizations throughout the state of Rhode Island plan to celebrate the 350th anniversary of the granting of the Charter with a host of commemorative ceremonies. In this issue of Newport History, Tracy Jonsson provides a detailed analysis of the Charter and its impact. In 1663, the Charter arrived in Newport on the threshold of explosive growth fueled by maritime commerce. During Newport’s subsequent “Golden Age” leading up to the Revolution, merchant wealth and civic pride fostered a flowering of sophisticated architecture inspired by English styles of the Georgian era—the period from 1714 to 1830 when four monarchs named George occupied the British throne. The second article in this issue of Newport History is a photographic essay on Georgian architecture in Newport prepared by the Editor in collaboration with Jennifer L. Robinson.