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Editor's Note


This issue contains narratives about two Newport men “on the outs.” One, Martin Howard, a prominent citizen who was outspoken in his adherence to the British throne, was reviled and driven into exile from Newport in 1765.The other, William Claggett, a skilled craftsman, was excommunicated from the Second Baptist Church only a few years after his arrival in the town. Claggett then published a scathing account in his defense, A Looking-Glass for Elder Clarke and Elder Wightman, And the Church Under Their Care (1721).