Some initial observations:
- The handwriting of the doctors who examined Ellis is as illegible as the handwriting of most doctors these days.
- Ellis had to hire an attorney to help him obtain a pension.
- He filed for a pension many times over a period of 17 years.
- The papers are not in chronological order and it's hard to tell which papers belong together. It's obvious from some of the copies that they are fronts and backs, but others aren't so obvious.
- There was red tape in the late 1800s and early 1900s, too.
- Ellis lived in at least three different places from 1890 to 1907.