John Ellis, born in Ireland about 1710, was a naturalist who Carl Linnaeus described as a “bright star of natural history” and “the main support of natural history in England.” He was a merchant in London when he was appointed as agent for the British province of West Florida, April 2, 1764, at an annual salary of 200 pounds.
Ware, John D.
"Bernard Romans- John Ellis Letters, 1772-1773,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 52:
1, Article 6.
Available at: https://stars.library.ucf.edu/fhq/vol52/iss1/6