William Ellery Autograph Letter Signed "Wm Ellery," 1.5 pages, 6.5" x 8", front and verso. Newport, January 16, 1810. Integral leaf addressed by Ellery to "The Honble/William Stedman/in Congress/City of Washington," franked "Free" in upper right. In part, "A letter I rec'd yesterday from my good friend Danl. E. Updike induces me to follow my letter to you of the 14th sooner than I expected. In that letter he informs me that his Son Richard whom he had placed five years ago in the store & competing house of Messrs Blodget & Powers of Providence and who has been almost four years their principal Clerk, is desirous of being a Purser in and of our ships of War...they had expressed a strong desire for his establishment at New Orleans as a Commission Merchant and promised that they would aid him all in their powers...He informs me that his son has had from his childhood a strong propensity for the Seas, and that he was not disposed to thwart his inclination, but has requested me to write to Washington in favor of his Son. I have not the least acquaintance with the Secretary of the Navy [Paul Hamilton of South Carolina] nor do I know that you have; but I cannot refuse anything to a man who in the most trying times performed his official duties with fidelity and fir whom I entertain the highest esteem...I have but little personal knowledge of my friends son Richard. He was at the Wickford Academy with my son G.W. and was a promising lad. I am well informed that he writes a good hand, is well acquainted with arithmetic, an accurate accomptant, and of pure morals. I think he is abundantly qualified for the Office of a Purser on board any Ship of War...You are at liberty to show this letter to the Secretary of the Navy, to the Secretary of the Treasury [Albert Gallatin], or to any other person whom you may think disposed and inclined to promote the application of Mr. U

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