Lot 194: ALS signed "Wm. Ellery," one page, 7.75 x 9.5, March 23, 1815. Letter to his daughter Philadelphia Ellery, penned in the wake of the end of the War of 1812. In part: "I…am glad to find that Belinda is willing to perform her promise to live with us when peace shall take place…the weather has been so cold since you wrote your letter and the roads so bad, and made worse by the snow that fell last night, that it is impossible for me to fix upon the time when I shall be at Providence….Your brother W., and wife and daughter attended by Edward Channing arrived at Newport last Saturday…Be yourself at Providence as soon as you conveniently can." After news of family members, who are coming to Newport, Ellery notes that "Mr. Timmy has gone again to Hartford, and does not mean to live at Newport, the air there not suiting his health so well as that of the country." Addressed on the reverse of the second integral page in his own hand. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, small restored area of seal-related loss at left edge, and the once-removed signature and sentiment now skillfully replaced (along with a square area of paper to its immediate right). Ellery's daughter was born in November 1776—mere months after he signed the Declaration of Independence—and she was given a particularly appropriate, patriotic name.
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Wednesday, 13th January 2016
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