See also:Nonconformist missionary, was
See also:born in
See also:London on the 29th of
See also:August 1794 . His boyhood and youth were spent at Wisbeach, where he worked as a market-gardener . In 1814 he offered himself to the London Missionary Society, and was accepted . During a
See also:year's training he acquired some knowledge of
See also:theology and of various
See also:practical arts, such as printing and
See also:bookbinding . He sailed for the South
See also:Sea Islands in
See also:January 1816, and remained in Polynesia, occupying various stations in succession, until 1824, when he was compelled to return home on account of the state of his wife's
See also:health . Though the
See also:period of his residence in the islands was thus comparatively
See also:short, his labours were very fruitful, contributing perhaps as much as those of any other missionary to bring about the extraordinary improvement in the religious, moral and social
See also:condition of the Pacific
See also:Archipelago that took place during the 19th century . Besides promoting the spiritual
See also:object of his
See also:mission, he introduced many other
See also:aids to the improvement of the condition of the
See also:people . His gardening experience enabled him successfully to acclimatize many
See also:species of tropical fruits and
See also:plants, and he set up and worked the first printing
See also:press in the South Seas . Returning home by way of the
See also:United States, where he advocated his
See also:Ellis was for some years employed as a travelling
See also:agent of the London Missionary Society, and in 1832 was appointed
See also:foreign secretary to the society, an
See also:office which he held for seven years . In 1837 he married his second wife, Sarah Stickney, a writer and teacher of some note in her generation . In 1841 he went to live at
See also:Hoddesdon, Herts, and ministered to a small Congregational
See also:church there . On behalf of the London Missionary Society he paid three visits to
See also:Madagascar (1853–1857), inquiring into the prospects for resuming the work that had been suspended by
See also:Queen Ranavolona's hostility .
A further visit was paid in 1863 . Ellis wrote accounts of all his travels, and
See also:Southey's praise (in the Quarterly Review) of his Polynesian Researches (2 vols., 1829) finds many echoes . He was a fearless, upright and tactful man, and a keen observer of nature . He died on the 25th of
See also:June 1872 .
SIR HENRY ELLIS (1777-1869)
ROBERT WILLIAM ELLISTON (1774--1831)
William Ellis is buried in a low chest tomb with elegant natural carving, at Abney House corner, Abney Park Cemetery, Stoke Newington, London.
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