The Poison Plot: A Lecture by Scholar Elaine Forman Crane

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In November 1738, Mary Arnold unsuccessfully tried to poison her husband Benedict Arnold, who took this attempt as a hint that she wanted to terminate their marriage. Fearing for his life, he petitioned the Rhode Island General Assembly for a divorce with the scornful plea that contained accusations of attempted murder, theft, fraud, and other social improprieties. The Arnolds were the talk of the town. Scholar Elaine Forman Crane will discuss her latest research about the Arnolds and this trial during “The Poison Plot”.
April 17, 2014 @ 5:30pm-$5 per person, $1 for NHS members. Please RSVP to 401-841-8770.