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Governor and Council

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: C#00558

Scope and Contents

Record of acts, orders & proceedings of a general council constituting the Governor, Deputy Governor & Assistants meeting between regular sessions of the General Assembly upon matters of colonial security or to adjudicate disputes or other legal issues concerning the natives & colonists or conflicts arising over inheritance, land ownership, ship cargoes, etc. Includes references to warrants made, complaints heard, appeals, copies of correspondence to neighboring colonies, commissions granted, attests / signatures of John Clark. Additional individual case files of council proceedings not recorded in manuscript volume, 1667 – 1753 & two bound volumes of General Council / Supreme Court of Probate cases adjudicated, 1755 - 1771 & 1798 – 1802; one stray October 1813 General Council decision relative to appeal of successors of original trustees of last will & testament of John Clarke


  • 1652-1813

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Conditions Governing Access

No special restrictions unless otherwise specified.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is in the public domain unless otherwise specified. We reserve the right to restrict reproduction of materials due to preservation concerns.

Biographical / Historical

Secretary ordered to procure book for recording - Acts, Orders and Proceedings of the General and Councill of His Majesty's Collony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Held a Newport, May, 1667.

1802 June Session of General Assembly act passed entitled "An Act to rest the Supreme Judicial Court with appellate jurisdiction in probate cases and repealed so much of the act establishing courts of probate as constituted the Senate & Supreme Court of Probate."


2.4 Cubic Feet (1 volume 8.5" x 12.5" 199 pp.; file papers, primarily relating to individual suits with several stray 17th century acts & meetings; 4 Hollinger boxes)


"Book of Records Containing the Acts and Orders made By the Governor and Councill Both General & Perticular Since the First of May 1667"


Fairly chronological; some deviation - bound volume (1667 - 1753)


C#1185 - additionally assigned. No further accruals are anticipated at this time.

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm - Volume 1667 - 1753; GSU reel order #954936

Related Materials

C#0204 - Rhode Island Colony Records

Bartlett, John Russell, Records of the Colony of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations in New England, Vol. 1, 1636 - 1663, Providence, 1856
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Repository Details

Part of the Rhode Island State Archives Repository

33 Broad Street
Providence RI 02903 USA