Providence RI: 1768. Item #08206
Document, accomplished in another hand, signed "William Ellery" - one page, 7 1/2" x 6 1/2" on laid paper, docketed by Henry Ward, Secretary; dated October 29,1768, being an order "to provide three suitable and decent great chairs and a dozen other chairs at the Expense of the Colony for the use of the Court House......." William Ellery (1727-1820). Born in Newport, where he lived and died, he was a graduate of Harvard and a lawyer. At the signing of the DOI, he sat watching the faces of the delegates as each signed the historic document and reported afterward that each of them showed "undaunted resolution." He served in Congress until 1786 and on January 1, 1790, President Washington appointed him collector of customs for the Newport district, a post which he held until his death thirty years later. Mr. Ellery was the grandfather of author and essayist, Richard Henry Dana.