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Title Henry Ellis Document Set
Date 1750 June 1; 1795 August 25
Description 2 Items-Item 1: two leaf pamphlet with manuscript, Item 2: two leaf pamphlet with manuscript
People Ellis, Henry, 1721-1806
Search Terms United States History Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775
Governors
Wills
Georgia
Scope & Content Henry Ellis document set. 2 Items-Item 1: two leaf pamphlet with letter, Item 2: two leaf pamphlet with letter

First letter:

"Georgia

[illegible] his honour Henry Ellis Esq.
Lieutentant Governor and Commander in Chief of his Majestys said province and Ordinary of the wam

Personally appeared Thomas Gegg being one of the subscribing Witnefses to the said codicel of Jospeh Watson deceased, late of Savannah in the province aforesaid & being duly Sworn on the holy Evangelists, made Oath, that he was personally present, and did see teh Testator, sign seal [illegible] pronounce and declare the same to be and contain a Codicel to this last Will & Testament hereunto also annexed & that he was of Sound and disposing, Mind and, Memory to the best of his knowledge and belief and that he with William Clifton and William Handley signed their names as witnefses thereto, at the request and in the presence of the Testator, and in each others presence.

Given under my hand this first day of June 1750

Henry Ellis"


Second letter:

"Norfolk Street 25th Aug.st 1795

Sir

It was yesterday notifyed to me that the Cayenne Plants, & had pafsed the Custom House where those Barbarians had opened the Box & turned out & Examined the particulars, with [illegible] severity; & that they were received naked at [illegible]. I order them to be sent immediately to your House accompanied with a Note of the Expences attending them, as you desired. I was indeed apprehensive that these things might be thus carelefsly & roughly handled on landing and in order if pofsible to prevent it I went [illegible] to the Custom House on Tuesday to request of My friend Mr. Pownall one the commifsioners, that they might [illegible] but I unfortunately mifsed him.

I hope, however, they have been receivd without having suffered much, for that would justify me exceedingly.

I forgot to mention, when you did me the honor to call in Norfolk Street, that I was Charged to convey to you the most respectfull Compliments of the [illegible]. The worth & ingenuity of that gentleman is I find well known to you; but perhaps, it may not, that he is extremely Desireous to be admitted of that illustrious [illegible] over which you so worthily Preside; and especially by your means Sir, whom he always mentions with the greatest honor & respect. Be afsured Sir, he is perfectly igonorant of what I now take the liberty to suggest. If you may rely upon my honor, that he shall ever remain so.
I beg you will be persuaded of the high condsderation & most respectful Esteem with which I have the Honor to be, Sir.

your Most Obed. Serv.

Henry Ellis"


Henry Ellis, an explorer, was born in England in 1721 and died January 21, 1806. He was educated to the law at the Temple, London. In May 1746, he went out as agent of a company for the discovery of a northwest passage. After extinguishing with difficulty a fire in his ship, he sailed to Greenland, where he exchanged commodities with the Esquimaux, 8 July then proceeded to Fort Nelson, and wintered in Hayes River. He renewed his efforts in June. 1747, without success, and returned to England; where he arrived on 14 October Ellis was rewarded for his services by being made lieutenant governor of Georgia, 15 August 1756.

He arrived at Savannah on 16 February 1757, and on 17 May 1758, was made royal governor. His services to the colony were great in securing the goodwill of the Creeks and in a wise and able administration, and he was highly esteemed; but the climate was injurious to his health, and he left on 2 November 1760. After his return to England his knowledge of American affairs were called into requisition for developing the plan for taxing the colonies, and in return for this service he was rewarded with sinecure offices. He was governor of Nova Scotia in 1761'4. He afterward resided in Italy, principally occupied in scientific researches. He published "Voyage made to Hudson's Bay in 1746'7, by the 'Dobbs Galley' and 'The California,' to discover a Northwest Passage," which contains important facts and remarks relating to Hudson bay (1748); "Considerations relating to the Northwest Passage" (London, 1750); and valuable papers on "Dr. Hale's Ventilators" and the "Heat of the Weather in Georgia" in the "Philosophical Transactions" for 1751 and 1758.

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