Dover Express - Saturday 13 May 1865
The ceremony of laying the foundation stone of the mansion now erecting for Joseph Joel Ellis, Esq., took place on Thursday last. The stone bore an appropriate inscription. Mrs. Ellis having taken her position on a staging erected for the purpose, Mr. Rowland Rees, jun. (the architect), handed her a silver trowel (furnished from the establishment of Mr. Bacon, silversmith, King Street,) and said:
"Madam— It is my privilege and pleasing duty to hand you this trowel to perform the task of laying the foundation stone, and to beg your acceptance of it as a souvenir of the interesting ceremony."
Mr. Herbert Stiff (eldest son of the contractor) having placed the mortar in position, Mrs. Ellis in due form proceeded to spread it. This completed, the stone was lowered in its place under the direction of Mr. Philip Stiff, and, after the usual test of level broil and mallet, Mrs. Ellis declared the same well and truly laid. The Rev. R. I. Cohen having read both in Hebrew and English the scrolls recording the event, they were enclosed in a vase containing coins of the period which, being hermetically sealed, Mrs. Ellis deposited in the aperture prepared to receive it. The contractor's second son, Mr. Gilbert Stiff, then sealed the aperture with Portland cement and a stone cover, after which the Architect addressed the company as follows:
"Ladies and Gentlemen,- The interesting ceremony of laying the foundation stone being completed, permit me to express the hope that, in due course of time the building may be brought to a satisfactory and successful completion, and that it may then be for many years the happy abode of Mr. and Mrs. Ellis and their interesting family."
Mr. Ellis thereupon replied, stating his gratification at the good wishes just expressed, which he trusted would be realised. In due time the house would be completed and become his happy home, in which he might meet his friends and interchange those hospitalities and maintain those friendships which were so agreeable to him with the neighbours and friends amongst whom he would then reside, which was in accordance with the feelings of his heart. The friends and spectators appeared gratified at witnessing the ceremony.