[ Charles Rose Ellis, 1st Baron Seaford, defender of slavery in the British Parliament. ] Autograph Letter Signed ('C. Ellis'), giving his opinion of the probable effect of 'any attempt to establish the order of Jesuits in England'.

Charles Rose Ellis, 1st Baron Seaford (1771-1845), British politician of Jamaican extraction, a prominent defender of slavery in the House of Commons
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Rome. 28 March 1818.
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3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, on slightly-aged paper. Docketed 'Mr Ellis M.P. | Rome 28 March /18'. (Ellis was MP for Seaford at the time.) The letter begins: 'My dear Sir John | You ask my opinion on the Papers which you have been so good as to send for my perusal. That opinion is worth very little. Nor does yours, fully & ably as it is stated, require any such confirmation to give it weight.' Nevertheless, as the recipient wishes it, Ellis states his opinion (the whole text being underlined) that 'any attempt to establish the order of Jesuits in England would produce an effect upon the publick mind, in the greatest degree injurious of the Interests of the Catholick Body'. He does not however 'believe that any such attempt will receive either sanction or encouragement from the Court of Rome, contrary as such Conduct would be, not only to the liberal Spirit but to, what I understand to have been, ther publick professions of that Government'. In a postscript he states that he is enclosing 'Barham's Letter'.