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ELLIOTT, Andrew, collector of customs. He was the third son of Sir Gilbert Elliott, bart., lord justice clerk of Scotland. While very young he was sent to Philadelphia, served as an apprentice in a counting house there, and afterward entered into mercantile life. After his marriage with his second wife, who possessed a large fortune in Philadelphia, he returned to Great Britain and obtained, through the influence of his brother, a place of honor and profit in the household of the princess dowager of Wales. He succeeded Archibald Kennedy as receiver general and collector of New York in January 1764, and held these offices till the close of the Revolution. In 1774 he seized a quantity of firearms, and the people threatened to tar and feather him. In 1782 he was not only at the head of the customs, but was lieutenant governor, receiver general of quitrents, superintendent general of police, and chief of the superintendent department, established by Sir William Howe in 1777. When Sir Henry Clinton made Ills laS1; effort to save Andre in 1780, Mr. Elliott was one of the three persons who were sent to confer with Washington. He remained in New York till its evacuation in 1783, when he sailed in the "Nonesuch" with his family for England.
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