MORRIS, ROBERT

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MORRIS, ROBERT - American Rev. Financier Robert Morris ALS Declaring: 'There is so much jealousy, suspicion and diffidence not only of every thing that is American'
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MORRIS, ROBERT - American Rev. Financier Robert Morris ALS Declaring: 'There is so much jealousy, suspicion and diffidence not only of every thing that is American'

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MORRIS, ROBERT.(1734-1806). Financier of the American Revolutionary War and signer of the Declaration of Independence. ALS. (“Robt. Morris”). 2pp. 4to. Philadelphia, November 6, 1788. To Messrs. Carey & Tilghman.

 

“Your favour of the 2nd inst. is before me & I am very sorry to tell you that I have rec’d letters by the Sept[emb]er Packet from Messrs Bourdieu & Co. which are very unsatisfactory. I see plainly from this and indeed from all letters that come from London that there is so much jealousy, suspicion and diffidence not only of every thing that is American, but of each other, that there is no such thing as doing any business with them, they hanker after our commissions and yet they are afraid to give their confidence. I see plainly they do not intend to pay your drafts until the Sally shall arrive at Havre, it is a pity that she was so long detained before she sailed from Balt[im]o[re] but I expect she would arrive before your bills fell due & ultimately they will be paid I suppose. However, I am so much disgusted that I lay aside all further thoughts of shipping wheat & flour, neither will I negotiate your bills until a ship is chartered & ready to sail. You will therefore charter a ship of 250 to 300 h[ogs]h[ea]ds tob[acco] as soon as possible for Havre, put the Tob[acco] onboard and send her away the sooner the better agreeably to what I have heretofore written on that subject & you must be content to take your reimbursement on me as opportunity will serve, buying tobacco only when you have money or can get time for I will not expose you or myself to the disagreeable feelings occasioned by notation of bills & I shall be glad that Mr. McCury’s [?] ship should arrive in time & that you could make an agreeable bargain with him for Messrs. P… mortgage which I wish to get of[f] my hands – as I will not dispose of your bills on Messrs. Bourdieu & Co. I have not forwarded your letter to them but waiting further advices. I remain Gent[lemen] your obed[ient] serv[ant]…”

 

Morris, though a supporter of the American Revolution, sided with the conservatives and, hoping for reconciliation with England, did not sign the Declaration of Independence until August 22. A member of the Constitutional Congress and delegate at the Constitutional Convention, his patriotism was proven when he almost single-handedly financed the War of Independence. Morris controlled the financial operations of Congress until retiring to the Pennsylvania legislature in 1780. His shrewd financial dealings, however, brought on accusations of dishonestly and profiteering when his personal credit surpassed that of the Bank of North America, which he founded under a congressional charter. Though acquitted of the charges and commended by Congress, Morris declined the office of secretary of the treasury. Instead, he turned to land speculation from which he became bankrupt and spent several years in debtors’ prison.

 

Darkly written on laid paper which is lightly foxed and folded. In fine condition.

 


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