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Andrew Ellicott

Southern Boundary
I had a terrific time over the past 7 years—yes, 7 years—researching and learning about Andrew Ellicott and particularly this story of the first international boundary between the brand-new U.S. and Spain. Elliott was just the tip of the iceberg, first I had to learn all the history of our early Republic and Spain so I could responsibly write it down. I know the phrase “labor of love”may be trite, but for me finding out about AE and his extraordinary life was an addiction. I would spend many many hours for days on end at the computer or in a Special Collection library and never get tired. I mean it. Now is the time for me to share what I know about Ellicott—the good and the bad–so that his contributions to our nation can be recognized.  I would really like to hear from other people who have comments about the book. And,yes, they can be negative or positive. I can take it.

9 Responses

  • paul
    Jun 30, 2015

    congrats Bill you worked real hard on this and the book is great!

    paul Jun 30, 2015
  • darleen
    Jul 17, 2015

    I have always heard of Andrew Ellicott from my father who was fascinated with him. I have read a lot but never learned as much as from Dr. Morton’s book. He clearly has researched Ellicott and written very clearly and deeply about his most important survey. Good for you. Mr. Morton

    darleen Jul 17, 2015
  • Thomas H. R.
    Jul 25, 2015

    Wow! Bill Morton writes about Andrew Ellicott’s landmark survey of the southern boundary line of our emerging United States along the 31st parallel of latitude in the late eighteenth century. Morton writes a fine narrative based mainly on the Ellicott’s original journal and letters, along with heretofore little-studied Spanish records of the expedition.Morton skillfully covers Ellicott’s astronomical observations of the sun and stars to establish his precise positions in the middle of nowhere. But, don’t be afraid of the science and math, the author relates this entire interesting story of America’s most outstanding surveying astronomer in an understandable and easily readable style.

    Thomas H. R.

    Thomas H. R. Jul 25, 2015
  • George S.
    Aug 27, 2015

    I finished your book. An outstanding effort and highly readable. I majored in history at UGA and specialized in the Old South. I cannot believe this incredible achievement and person were not covered in any of my courses or lectures

    George S. Aug 27, 2015
  • Chas L.
    Sep 30, 2015

    My highest compliments. The work is extremely well-researched, a true advance in our knowledge about Ellicott, and very well written. It comes across as polished and thoughtful.

    Chas L. Sep 30, 2015
  • Rodney H.
    Nov 4, 2015

    I was in the audience at the Society of Colonial Wars in the State of Georgia at Piedmont Driving Club for your presentation about Andrew Ellicott. You were the most exciting speaker we’ve ever had! Your knowledge and enthusiasm about your book is contagious. Thank you so much.

    Rodney H. Nov 4, 2015
  • Stanley N.
    Nov 6, 2015

    Author William Morton has captured this period of Natchez history better than anyone. Additionally, he has revealed much new information on the life and work of America’s premier surveyor of the frontier era.

    Stanley N. Nov 6, 2015
  • Walter E.
    Mar 20, 2016

    Just finished reading Dr. Morton’s book and couldn’t put it down. First of all, it is an easy read and most importantly he writes about something that has never been told before. I never knew anything about the Spanish being a problem for the new United States. I think Morton is right, it’s because of Andrew Ellicott that all of us do not speak Spanish. Read this book. P.S. He’s a marvelous speaker

    Walter E. Mar 20, 2016
  • Beverly Knight
    Jun 16, 2017

    I just finished your book, Dr. Morton, and can only say you missed your vocation, you should’ve been a history professor. What a great story and how you tell it is terrific. I can’t wait for your next one.
    Beverly K

    Beverly Knight Jun 16, 2017

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