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Ellery, William (1727-1820) to George G. Channing

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00108.04 Author/Creator: Ellery, William (1727-1820) Place Written: Newport, Rhode Island Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 21 August 1812 Pagination: 3 p. : address ; 21 x 17 cm.

Reprimands his grandson for the delay in sending his last letter. Channing asked for aid regarding a bank in which Ellery owned stock. Ellery replies that he will help his grandson and uses a shipping metaphor to preach moderation. Ellery considers nations with intemperate rulers as being punished by God. He thinks it highly unlikely that there will be a President of the United States from the North. Feels that it is unfair that slaves increase Southern representation when in fact the slaves would probably side with the North if given a chance. Thanks Channing for the pamphlets written by Mr. O., W. Garoner, and W. Sullivan. Remarks that the end of the War of 1812 depends on the British Cabinet.

Ellery was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and was a member of the Continental Congress from Rhode Island from 1776 until 1785. He was Collector of the Port of Newport from 1790 until 1820. Channing was a publisher in Boston and a clergyman later in life.

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