ROBERT MORRIS - AUTOGRAPH LETTER SIGNED 10/14/1794 - HFSID 56944
Sale Price $2,380.00
Signer of the Declaration of Independence pleads to his business partner for money owed to him; Morris later was put in debtors' prison!
Autograph letter signed: "R Morris", 1p, 5¾x8¼, affixed to 11x8½ cardstock, to which an engraving of Morris (b/w, 5x7¼) is also affixed. No place but probably Philadelphia, 1794 October 14.TO JOHN NICHOLSON, ESQ. In full: "There is 10,500 Dollrs of my Notes discounted by you due to day & 7000 Yesterday one half of these [illegible] should according to our rule be provided by you. I crave your help or I shall be in the hands of the Phillistines." Robert Morris (1734-1806) was a Philadelphia merchant and financier and a delegate to the Continental Congress (1775-1778). Although voting against independence which he considered premature, Morris signed the Declaration of Independence and worked diligently on military procurement, playing a key role in keeping General Washington's army supplied. He was U.S. Superintendent of Finance (1781-1784) under the Articles of Confederation, cutting expenses and raising revenue, often borrowing in his own name, to keep the new government solvent. Morris was a delegate to the Constitutional Convention, and was President Washington's first choice to be Secretary of the Treasury, declining the offer and serving instead in the U.S. Senate (1789-1795). Financially ruined because of unsuccessful land speculation with JOHN NICHOLSON, Morris was imprisoned for debt in Philadelphia's Prune Street debtors' prison from February 16, 1798 until August 26, 1801. This letter reveals Morris' desperation trying to get money from Nicholson. While the Philistines were an ancient people mentioned in the Bible, beginning in the 17th century "Philistines" was used as a common noun, referring to various groups considered the enemy, hence Morris' use of the term in this letter. Toned. Lightly soiled with stains across upper left area. Light surface creases. Otherwise, fine condition.
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