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Roger Williams on Display!
“You can not expect that my Worne and Withered Brains should keepe pace with your fresh and youthfull Fancie…”
-RW, opening line from this letter.

Last letter for this season! Last chance to see an actual Roger Williams artifact until……

One of the most exciting things to happen at the Roger Williams National Memorial! We are bringing Roger back and taking throwback Thursdays (#TBT) to a whole new level!

Thursday, April 19th, from 4:00 to 8:00 PM, an original letter, written by Roger Williams on August 24th, 1669, will be on display at the Roger Williams National Memorial visitor center at 282 North Main Street in Providence.

In this letter, Roger is at his best, in his passive/aggressive commentary on other English in Providence. This letter is a continuation of some of the arguments from the last letter we had on display, Williams is a skillful wordsmith, wielding his language as if it were a sharpened sword. Even if you don’t know the players, it is entertaining to see them so skewered.

Thanks to the kind assistance from the Rhode Island Historical Society, the memorial will have a real bit of Roger on display. Each of the letters we have on display is the real thing, where Roger put pen to paper and his thoughts became tangible. Each of these letters provides a little bit more insight into Roger. Transcripts of the letter will be available.

This is one of four ‘throw WAY back Thursdays‘(#TBT) that we will be having at the Memorial from January through April. Come talk to a Ranger about this letter and Roger, grab a cup of coffee and come face to face with history.