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

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02300.13 Author/Creator: Ellery, William (1727-1820) Place Written: Newport, Rhode Island Type: Autograph letter Date: 5 November 1805 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written to his son at Captain Barney's School in Wickford, Rhode Island. Discusses the barbarism and immorality of dueling. Ellery is not sure he will become involved with the North Kingston Bank. Corrects George's spelling errors. 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. Signature clipped from letter.

People: William Ellery

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: Education Children and Family, Morality and Ethics, Duel, Banking

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison