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William Ellery,signer Declaration Of Independence, Newport, Ri , Signed Document For Sale
This item is a wonderful original document, while William Ellery was collector of the Newport, Rhode Island, an oath from Samuel Hill, regarding an oath taken for a current shipment of goods. Signed by William Ellery as Collector and Samuel Hill as master of the Schooner Adventure. Document is 6x14, folds, age toned at center, else in overall good condition, larger than my scanner, scanned in two sections.
ELLERY, William, signer of the Declaration of Independence, born in Newport, R. I., 22 December 1727; died there, 15 February, 1820
He was an active patriot, and in May, 1776, was chosen the colleague of Stephen Hopkins, as delegate to the Continental congress, and took his seat on the 14th of that month, He became an influential member of that body, serving on the committee to consider the ways and means of establishing expresses between the continental posts, on those on the treasury and on marine affairs, and on the special committee for purchasing clothing for the army. During this session he signed the Declaration of Independence.
Mr. Ellery continued a member of the congress till 1786, with the exception of the years 1780 and 1782, and, overcoming his natural diffidence, became a ready debater. He was a member of important committees, but did especially good service on the board of admiralty, where he had much influence, and probably originated the plan of fitting out fire ships at Newport. During the British occupation of Rhode Island, Mr. Ellery's house was burned and much of his other property injured.
In 1779 he was a member of a committee to arrange some diplomatic difficulties among the American commissioners to Europe, and was chairman of a committee to consider means of relieving the distress brought upon the Rhode Islanders by the British occupation. In 1782 he presented to congress a plan for organizing a department of foreign affairs. In 1785 he actively supported Rufus King in his effort to abolish slavery throughout the country, seconding King's resolution to that effect. He was appointed commissioner of the continental loan office for Rhode Island in 1786, was for a short period chief justice of the Rhode Island superior court, and from 1790 till his death was collector of Newport, being" retained in the office in spite of frequent and frank avowals of political differences with several administrations.
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