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Correspondence of Roger Williams

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Statue of Roger Williams


Rhode Island Historical Society

University Press of New England

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Roger Williams (c. 1603 –1683) was an English Protestant theologian who was an early proponent of religious freedom and the separation of church and state. In 1636, he began the colony of Providence Plantation, which provided a refuge for religious minorities. Williams started the first Baptist church in America, the First Baptist Church of Providence. He was a student of Native American languages and an advocate for fair dealings with Native Americans. His papers and correspondence provides information on Williams as a religious theorist, political leader, and diplomat to Native Americans.

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