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After running away to sea in 1741, Henry Ellis (1721–1806) joined a privately funded expedition with the purpose of discovering the North-West Passage, a possible trade route to the East Indies. While the expedition returned to England unsuccessful in 1747, having been thwarted by hazardous ice, Ellis believed that the route was still likely to exist. The party had travelled further north than any previous expedition, and Ellis's account, first published in 1748, generated great interest. The book includes a brief history of other attempts to find the passage, a map of Hudson Bay, several engravings of the fauna encountered, and observations of the natural history of the area. With his reputation increased by the book's publication, Ellis became a fellow of the Royal Society in 1749. He was later involved in the slave trade in Africa and colonial governance in North America.
Written c.1290, this chronicle follows the pattern of similar texts in recording historical events through using earlier sources; but, by adapting and editing what he chose to include, the author produced a unique work. He is able to provide greater depth and detail to the descriptions of events closer to his own time, yet the text finishes abruptly in a passage concerning the contemporary theologian Robert of Winchelsea. Published in the Rolls Series in 1859, the work was edited by Henry Ellis (1777–1869), the librarian of the British Museum. Topics covered in the chronicle include Henry II's crowning of his eldest son as 'Henry III', and their joint rule until the latter rebelled against his father; the 'extreme cruelty with which the Jews were treated in England'; and 'an occurrence which continued … to our own time, namely, the inundation of Westminster Hall by the River Thames'.