To anyone who may be reading this blog: please disregard all my musings on Newport written before this date. I just got a copy of Vincent Luti's Mallet and Chisel: The Gravestone Carvers of Newport, Rhode Island in the 18th Century and it is so exhaustive and well researched that I'm sure I can't say anything intelligent about Newport without reading it first.
The great thing about blogging is that it allows me to look back on the various stages of a project. In that spirit, I will not go back and expunge all my uninformed speculations about the Newport cemeteries. Just consider this official notice that I won't stand by anything I've said on the subject in the past few weeks until I've had a chance to read Luti and see how my guesses measure up.