William Ellery on shipping fees, Newport, Rhode Island, 1789

Contributed by Maine Historical Society


A native of Rhode Island, William Ellery became involved with the Patriot cause after the Stamp Act in 1765. Increasingly frustrated by the refusal of Parliament to negotiate with the colonies, he served as Rhode Island's delegate to the Second Continental Congress. He voted in favor of independence on July 2, 1776, and was one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence.

Ellery’s letter from 1789 cited current laws and showed his continued involvement with politics. In it, he discussed Rhode Island's dismay over shipping fees imposed on their goods by other states, as well as Rhode Island's intention to fully accede to the Union.

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  • Title: William Ellery on shipping fees, Newport, Rhode Island, 1789
  • Creator: William Ellery
  • Creation Date: 1789-08-29
  • Subject Date: 1789-08-29
  • Location: Newport, Newport County, RI
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 22.7 cm x 19 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 420, Box 58/9
  • Collection: John S. H. Fogg autograph collection
  • Object Type: Text

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