The Burning of the Gaspee, by Charles DeWolf Brownell, 1892, oil paint on canvas.

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Rev. John Allen’s sermon

To read a transcript of Rev. John Allen’s sermon delivered in the Second Baptist Church, Boston on 3 December 1773 click here:


Aaron Briggs’ testimony & other Commission of Inquiry documents

Read the handwritten transcription of Aaron Briggs’ depositions and other depositions that are part of the volume “Copy of Official Documents Relating to the Destruction of the Gaspee June 10th 1772” from the RIHS Manuscripts collection: MSS 454 Gaspee Papers

Documents and objects from the RIHS Collections:

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Further resources

Interested in learning more about the complexities of the Gaspee Affair? Here are some resources to explore!

On the Burning of His Majesty’s Schooner Gaspee in 1772 (Steven Park, EnCompass)

Aaron Briggs: Willing Participant or Weary Prisoner? (Sean Gray, EnCompass)

The Gaspee Affair and the Boston Tea Party: On the Road to Revolution. (Jackson Piantedosi, EnCompass)

Governor Joseph Wanton and the Controversial Commission. (Sean Gray, EnCompass)

The Story of the 1772 Gaspee Affair – in Virtual Reality (Virtual Reality for Education at Brown University)

The Gaspee Affair was about the business of slavery (Joey LaNeve DeFrancesco, UpRise RI, 2020)

The Burning of His Majesty’s Schooner Gaspee: An Attack on Crown Rule Before the American Revolution (Stephen Park, Journal of the American Revolution Books, 2016)

8 Bells Lecture, Stephen Park: The Burning of His Majesty’s Schooner Gaspee, U.S. Naval War College (YouTube Video)