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Colonial-era book returned to state of Rhode Island

September 20, 2018

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — A Colonial-era document that went missing three decades ago is back in possession of the Rhode Island state archives.

The recovered document is what’s called a “minute book”, handwritten by a court clerk from 1746 through 1749.

Andrew Smith, assistant administrator at the archives, tells WPRI-TV it is an official court record, including information on judges, defendants, plaintiffs and juries.

The book went missing in 1991 but showed up in an online auction earlier this year.

A researcher in Pennsylvania alerted the Rhode Island attorney general’s office, sparking a court battle over ownership.

Becky Partington from the attorney general’s office says the state argued that the Treaty of Paris that ended the Revolutionary War provided that Rhode Island’s state documents belonged to the state.

The judge agreed.

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Information from: WPRI-TV, http://www.wpri.com

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