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Ellery, William (1727-1820) to George Wanton Ellery

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02300.22 Author/Creator: Ellery, William (1727-1820) Place Written: Newport, Rhode Island Type: Autograph letter Date: 24 April 1806 Pagination: 2 p. 21 x 17 cm

Summary of Content: Written to his son at Captain Barney's School in Wickford, Rhode Island. Thanks him for his letter. He has no objection to his learning to dance, for it will make him easy and graceful. If the fee is to be paid at entrance to dancing studies, Ellery asks George to ask Mr. Updike to advance it. Warns him not to let the dancing interfere with his studies. Aunt Burt in Bristol is seriously ill. Dean's wife died yesterday, leaving a "husband, and her eleven children many of whom are quite young. Every death should be a memento to us to be prepared for death, who spares no age nor condition of life." Ellery sends regards to his Wickford friends. A Member of the Continental Congress from 1776 until 1785, William Ellery was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He was Collector of the Port of Newport from 1790 until 1820.

Background Information:

People: William Ellery

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: EducationChildren and FamilySports and GamesFinanceHealth and MedicalDeathArt, Music, Theater, and Film

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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