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Collection Reference Number GLC03841
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1812 
Title William Ellery to George G. Channing on people, proverbs, politics and relations with Britain
Date 21 September 1812
Author Ellery, William (1727-1820)  
Recipient Channing, George G.  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Personal letter in which Ellery describes a man named Mr. Otis as "a mellifluous, pathetic speaker" and explains his views on the relationship between business activities and intellectual improvement as well as the proverbial saying "laugh and be fat." Discusses the current political climate, the non-importation act, relations with Britain, and duty collection. Mentions the alarm in Newport caused by the presence of three British frigates and the possibility of being attacked. Also concerns Ellery's uncertainty about the upcoming presidential election. Written shortly before the start of the War of 1812.
Subjects Education  Humor and Satire  Politics  Embargo  War of 1812  Military History  Global History and Civics  Taxes or Taxation  Finance  Government and Civics  Navy  President  Election  Merchants and Trade  Commerce  American Statesmen  
People Ellery, William (1727-1820)  Channing, George Gibbs (1789-1881)  
Place written Newport, Rhode Island
Theme War of 1812; Foreign Affairs; Government & Politics; Law; Merchants & Commerce; Education; Banking & Economics
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Ellery, a signer of the Declaration of Independence, was the collector of the port of Newport .
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859