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Henry Ellis papers

Henry Ellis papers

Descriptive Summary

Title: Henry Ellis papers
Creator: Ellis, Henry, 1721-1806
Inclusive Dates: 1758-1767
Language(s): English
Extent: 4 folder(s)
Collection Number: ms708a
Repository: Hargrett Library

Collection Description

Historical Note

Henry Ellis, the second royal governor of Georgia, has been called "Georgia's second founder." Georgia had no self-government under the Trustees (1732-52), and the first royal governor, John Reynolds (1754-57), failed as an administrator. Under the leadership of Ellis (1757-60) Georgians learned how to govern themselves.

For more information, see the article Henry Ellis (1721-1806) in the New Georgia Encyclopedia.

Scope and Content

The collection consists of two poems, one rejoicing over Ellis' arrival in Georgia, the other denouncing Ellis' predecessor, John Reynolds, who was detested by the colonists. These have been reproduced in facsimile by the Ashantilly Press under the title A pair of odes. There is also a copy of the London Gazette, May 6-9, 1758, announcing Ellis as Reynolds' successor, a letter to Governor Ellis signed Edm. Atkin, dated Ft. Moore, Jan 25, 1760, regarding Indian Affairs, and a notice to Henry Ellis of a meeting of the Royal Society, dated Nov. 20, 1767 and signed Morton.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Henry Ellis papers, ms708a, Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.

Related Materials and Subjects

Subject Terms

Atkin, Edmond
Governors -- Georgia -- Press coverage.
Invitation cards.
Reynolds, John, approximately 1713-1788
Royal Society (Great Britain)

Series Descriptions and Folder Listing

VB14Letter from Edmond Atkin at Fort Moore regarding a treaty with the Creek Nation, 1760 January 25 Access Online
VB15Poems about Gov. Reynolds and Gov. Ellis Access Online
VB16Notice of Royal Society meeting in Fleet Street, 1767 November Access Online
VB17London Gazette, 9 May 1758 Access Online