Our Collection

At the Institute’s core is the Gilder Lehrman Collection, one of the great archives in American history. More than 70,000 items cover five hundred years of American history, from Columbus’s 1493 letter describing the New World to soldiers’ letters from World War II and Vietnam. Explore primary sources, visit exhibitions in person or online, or bring your class on a field trip.

Ellery, William (1727-1820) [Journal of William Ellery's journey from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Dighton, Massachusetts]

High-resolution images are available to schools and libraries via subscription to American History, 1493-1943. Check to see if your school or library already has a subscription. Or click here for more information. You may also order a pdf of the image from us here.

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00107.01 Author/Creator: Ellery, William (1727-1820) Place Written: various Type: Autograph manuscript Date: circa 1776-1777 Pagination: 15 p. ; 16 x 10 cm.

A high-resolution version of this object is available for registered users. LOG IN

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00107.01 Author/Creator: Ellery, William (1727-1820) Place Written: various Type: Autograph manuscript Date: circa 1776-1777 Pagination: 15 p. ; 16 x 10 cm.

Summary of Content: Signed "W.E." Discusses his travels and expenses through eastern Pennsylvania, New Jersey, southern New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Contains descriptions of Moravian settlements near Bethlehem, Pennsylvania; imprisoned Tories at Newton, New Jersey; room and board at Fishkill, New York; and news of General William Howe's evacuation of New York. William Whipple accompanied him on his trip.

Background Information: This is the first of five travel journals Ellery kept from 1776 to 1780. Ellery was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and was a member of the Continental Congress from ...Rhode Island from 1776 until 1785. Whipple was a member of the Continental Congress from New Hampshire.See More

People: Ellery, William, 1727-1820
Whipple, William, 1730-1785
Howe, William Howe, Viscount, 1729-1814

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Revolutionary WarMilitary HistoryContinental CongressBattleGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyLiterature and Language ArtsContinental Army

Sub Era: The War for Independence

Order a Copy Citation Guidelines for Online Resources