signed14 manuscript documents on 9 leaves, signed ("Wm Ellery Collector" with paraph) 11 times. Folio
1795·District of Newport [Rhode Island]
by Ellery, William
District of Newport [Rhode Island], 1795. 14 manuscript documents on 9 leaves, signed ("Wm Ellery Collector" with paraph) 11 times. Folio. Original drab sewn wrappers. 14 manuscript documents on 9 leaves, signed ("Wm Ellery Collector" with paraph) 11 times. Folio. Contemporary gathering of customs records for "dried and pickled fish and salted provisions" exported from Rhode Island between 1791-5, with the signature of William Ellery appearing 11 times. Ellery (1727-1820) was the representative from Rhode Island in the Continental Congress and a signer of the Declaration of Independence. He signed these documents as collector of customs for the Newport District, a post appointed to him by Washington following ratification of the Constitution. Ellery descendants include the author Richard Henry Dana and the transcendentalist and Unitarian minister William Ellery Channing. (Inventory #: 303197)
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