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Henry Ellis papers

Descriptive Summary

Repository: Georgia Historical Society
Creator: Ellis, Henry, 1721-1806.
Title: Henry Ellis papers
Dates: 1757-1760
Extent: 0.05 cubic feet (1 folder)
Identification: MS 0942

Biographical/Historical Note

Henry Ellis (1721-1806), hydrographer and explorer, was the second royal governor of Georgia. Born in Ireland, he came to Savannah in 1757. Due to poor health, Ellis left Georgia in 1760. He returned to England and died in Naples, Italy, in 1806.

Scope and Content Note

The papers in this collection are all photocopies; the courses of the originals are unknown. The first item is a poem written on the occasion of Ellis's arrival in Georgia 1757; it is signed "Americanus." The other items include a permit given by the King in Council for Ellis to leave Georgia during the summer, a letter to Ellis from Edmond Atkin at Fort Moore regarding Indian affairs in Georgia and South Carolina, and two talks Ellis gave to members of the Creek Nation.

Index Terms

Creek Indians.
Creek Nation.
Ellis, Henry, 1721-1806.
Georgia--History--Colonial period, ca. 1600-1775.
Georgia. Governor.
Letters (correspondence)
Speeches (documents)

Administrative Information

Custodial History


Preferred Citation

[item identification], Henry Ellis papers, MS 942, Georgia Historical Society, Savannah, Georgia.

Acquisition Information



Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to the Georgia Historical Society. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Division of Library and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Georgia Historical Society as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Publication note

Published in Collections of the Georgia Historical Society: Selected Eighteenth Century Manuscripts, v.20 (1980).


Encoding funded by a 2012 Documenting Democracy grant from the National Historical Publications and Records Commission.

Container List

Item 1: Poem, "On Governour Ellis's Arrival in Georgia", 1757
Item 2: Proceedings "At the Court of St. James", 1758 December 4 ( 1.0 p. )
The King in Council giving permission for Ellis to leave Georgia for the summer months.
Item 3: Edmond Atkin letter to Henry Ellis, for Moore, 1760 January 25 ( 17.0 p. )
Regarding Indian affairs in Georgia and South Carolina.
Item 4: Talk by Henry Ellis to the Men and Head Warriors of the Upper and Lower Creeks, 1760 February 9 ( 4.0 p. )
Asking Indians to take up defense for the White people.
Item 5: Talk by Henry Ellis to Micos, Men and Head Warriors of the Creek Nation, 1760 May 26 ( 2.0 p. )
Asking them to apply to him for redress in the future rather than killing the traders who have wronged them.