In the preparation of the history of the Narragansett country every available source of information has been utilized, yet it is to be regretted that every work of this kind contains imperfections. It is hoped, however, that the defects in this work are comparatively trifling and that the citizens of Washington and Kent counties will have reason to be satisfied with the record.
Records of every kind, town, church and court, unpublished manuscripts, standard histories, private diaries, letters and local traditions have furnished the material, which has been sifted, collated and arranged according to the writer’s ability.
When making extracts from records and ancient documents we have given as far as possible faithful transcripts of the originals, copying the dates and spelling as written. This will account for the occasional inconsistency in the orthography of names. In many instances the spelling of the names has changed, as that of Pierce, written Peirce, and also by others, Pearce.
The author sincerely thanks the many kind friends who have generously aided in the preparation of this work. Particular acknowledgment is due to Frederick T. Rogers, M. D, of Westerly, who wrote the medical history of Washington county, and to Doctor James H. Eldredge, who wrote the history of the physicians of East Greenwich and other sketches of that town; to Peleg F. Pierce and to ex-Governor John J. Reynolds for their assistance in the preparation of the history of North Kingstown; to John G. Clarke for the history of the Great Swamp Fight and of the County Agricultural Society; to Mrs. B. F. Robinson and Jeffrey W. Potter, both of South Kingstown, and Thomas A. Reynolds of East Greenwich, for various sketches furnished; to Joseph Peace Hazard, of South Kingstown, who contributed the following views: “Hazard Memorial Castle,” “Druidsdream,” “The Cottage,” “Home of the late Rowland Gibson Hazard, LL.D, “Oakwoods,” “The Acorns,” “Peace Dale Mills,” and “Congregational Church, Peace Dale”; to Reverend J. L. Cottrell and Deacon A. Langworthy for assistance in the preparation of the town history of Hopkinton; to Professor W. F. Tucker, who wrote the history of Charlestown, and to Charles W. Hopkins, who prepared the sketches for the history of the town of West Greenwich; to Edwin Babcock for the history of the banks of Westerly; to George H. Babcock and Honorable Henry E. Chamberlin for the business history of Westerly; to Dwight R. Adams, who wrote the history of the Masonic fraternity of Kent county, and to others for various contributions.