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

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00108.09 Author/Creator: Ellery, William (1727-1820) Place Written: Newport, Rhode Island Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 May 1815 Pagination: 2 p. : address ; 21 x 17 cm.

Summary of Content: Thanks his grandson for his letter. Glad that his loan to Channing has helped. Has heard about Channing's sister Ann's death and has written a letter of condolence to their mother. Shares his thoughts about grief and sends his love to the family. Adds a post script that his sons are entering into a partnership in Norfolk, Virginia. Asks Channing to do what he can for them.

Background Information: 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.See More

People: Ellery, William, 1727-1820
Channing, George Gibbs, 1789-1881
Channing, Ann, 1778-1815

Historical Era: National Expansion and Reform, 1815-1860

Subjects: Children and FamilyFinanceDeath

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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