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Collection Reference Number GLC00108.07
From Archive Folder Collection of nine letters from William Ellery to his grandson, George Channing 
Title William Ellery to George G. Channing on the evils that have resulted from commercial regulations brought on by the War of 1812
Date 14 May 1814
Author Ellery, William (1727-1820)  
Recipient Channing, George G.  
Document Type Correspondence; Government document
Content Description Agrees with his grandson that evils have resulted from commercial regulations brought on by the War of 1812. Does not think Congress will enact an embargo. Believes the British have a right to blockade their enemy's ports. Advises moderation in expenses and pleasures when he marries. Refers to the Book of Ruth in a discussion of marriage customs as they relate to the impending nuptials between Channing's mother and William. Discusses a possible visit and family news. Mentions the good character of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry. Writing one month after Napoleon's first abdication, Ellery praises the downfall of the emperor.
Subjects War of 1812  Children and Family  Commerce  Merchants and Trade  Embargo  Congress  Global History and Civics  Marriage  Religion  Navy  Military History  
People Ellery, William (1727-1820)  Channing, George Gibbs (1789-1881)  Perry, Oliver Hazard (1785-1819)  Bonaparte, Napoleon (1769-1821)  
Place written Newport, Rhode Island
Theme War of 1812; Children & Family; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs; Merchants & Commerce
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Ellery was a signer of the Declaration of Independence and was a member of the Continental Congress from Rhode Island from 1776 until 1785. He was Collector of the Port of Newport from 1790 until 1820. Channing was a publisher in Boston and a clergyman later in life.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859