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To affirm that the physical features of the State of Rhode Island have influenced its history is not to deny that the character of its early settlers has exerted an equal, or perhaps a greater influence. It would ill become one who has made a special study of genealogy to ignore the fact that heredity affects the history of a state. If he were inclined to doubt the fact in general, there are too many evidences of that influence in this State to be overlooked. But, at this time, that branch of history is not our topic.


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Note: This paper, in its present form, was prepared for the Rhode Island Historical Society, and was first read at a meeting of that society, Jan. 15, 1907. A few notes and plates have now been added