3 pages, 4to, address panel on page 4, with recipient's docket and postmark. In very fine condition." /> MORRIS, Robert. Autograph letter signed ("Robt.Morris") with initialed postscript, to Messrs. Carey & Tilghman in Baltimore; Philadelphia, 23 July 1786. <I>3 pages, 4to, address panel on page 4, with recipient's docket and postmark</I>. In very fine condition. | Christie's
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    12 June 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

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    MORRIS, Robert. Autograph letter signed ("Robt.Morris") with initialed postscript, to Messrs. Carey & Tilghman in Baltimore; Philadelphia, 23 July 1786. 3 pages, 4to, address panel on page 4, with recipient's docket and postmark. In very fine condition.

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    MORRIS, Robert. Autograph letter signed ("Robt.Morris") with initialed postscript, to Messrs. Carey & Tilghman in Baltimore; Philadelphia, 23 July 1786. 3 pages, 4to, address panel on page 4, with recipient's docket and postmark. In very fine condition.

    SHIPPING TOBACCO TO FRANCE. Morris anxiously urges the rapid shipment of his tobacco, under his lucrative exclusive contract to supply that commodity to France's Fermiers Generale. "It is of infinite importance to me, that my Tobacco should be dispatched nearly as fast as purchased. The detention of Ships & Tobacco this Spring had nearly produced most serious disappointments, therefore I pray your attention to dispatch. Mention...the name of the Ship and the Master expected...from North Carolina which is to be laden...and tell me when she is to be there in Potomack...."

    In regard to "Mr. Croxall's affairs" I pray the Continuance of your attention. You know my situation with him and my intentions...I hope and expect a decree in Chancery to compel Tyson to pay his notes to me. I was in hope to have heard of some suitable Vessel being arrived that might be chartered & dispatched before Mr. O'Donalds ship can be ready...." He tells his partners not to "be frightened by Mr. Hinsleys letters," since "he was bred up on a School of Complaint. I mean old Thos. Ringgolds Counting House. That worthy Gent was always complaining but always surmounted the obstacles of which he complained. So will Mr. Hinsley...."

    Mr. Ridgate has asked for money, "but my own engagements calling for what I have on hand, I referred him to you...." In a postscript, Morris mentions account books being sent by Tench Tilghman, but notes that "my advances for that House are now become very inconvenient...." The lucrative French contract on which Morris relied heavily ran for only three years. When it expired in 1787, Morris's finances were severely impacted, leading him into extremely risky speculations in undeveloped frontier lands.


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    THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN