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Ellery, William (1727-1820) to Nancy Ellery

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04780 Author/Creator: Ellery, William (1727-1820) Place Written: Newport, Rhode Island Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1 November 1792 Pagination: 4 p. 21 x 16.5 cm

Summary of Content: Comments on Nancy's recovery from a smallpox inoculation (variolation). Congratulates her and suggests that she will make a better wife after having smallpox because it must have filled her with patience and resolution, and made her immune. Reports that Nancy's friends in Newport were surprised to learn she had undergone variolation. Ellery has also been inoculated. Comments on his old age. A Member of the Continental Congress from 1776 until 1785, William Ellery was a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Nancy was his daughter.

People: Ellery, William, 1727-1820
Ellery, Nancy, fl. 1792

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Declaration of Independence SignerWomen's HistoryHealth and MedicalSmallpoxMarriageChildren and FamilyMedical History

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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