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Donald F. Johnson demonstrates in his article in this issue, residents who remained in Newport during the British occupation, whether loyal to the crown or partisans of the revolution, were profoundly changed by the experience. The journals Charles Hunter, assiduously kept while training to become a naval officer are now in the Newport Historical Society collections. In her meticulous scrutiny of a diary that Hunter wrote while aboard USS Potomac in 1831, Margaret Stack reveals that during a midshipman’s training at sea, education in other than navigational topics was woefully neglected.

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