1½ pages, 4to, pale green stationery. Very fine condition. A HARRIED VENTURE CAPITALIST: CREDITORS "WRITE ME PRESSINGLY." A distracted Morris, plans for his wife's voyage and manages his diverse business interests. In 1787 Morris and Benjamin Franklin represented their state in the Constitutional Convention. Less than two months before this letter Morris had been elected one of Pennsylvania's first Senators and declined the post of first Secretary of the Treasury. "...I see that you have sold the bills of Mr. Montgomerie & Mr. Donald & I hope you sent by Mr. Bell the money as you proposed for they write me pressingly for it...." A vessel, the Union, "was to sail this day, and I am now writing...after my return from Chester where I went to take down Mrs. Morris...bound also to Havre, so we shall [see] which will get there first." He discusses two notes for $3,800 and hopes that "by the time this falls due some Funds may come in...to assist in the discharge" of these obligations. Morris also reports that "I desired Messrs. Hazelhurst & to send you some Teas for sale...but I have been so much occupied in preparing for Mrs. Morris's departure that I do not know the quantities which they send nor whether they sent any...." The tea, he advises, "should be sold as soon as possible," and he lists the profits on different types of tea "clear of freight," and adds that "I shall want this money in your hands for a particular purpose...." -- MORRIS, Robert. Autograph letter signed ("Robt.Morris") to Carey & Tilghman in Baltimore; Philadelphia, 14 September 1788. 1 full page, 4to, pale green paper, integral address leaf with postmarks and dockets. In superb condition. "KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THE TOBACCO...". Morris is "very well pleased that you had sent Mr. Montgomerie the $2000...as he is in great want of money and my interest has already suffered in some degree on that account. I received the protests and have credited you for them agreeably to the advice contained in your letter...I hope your letters & mine will produce a handsome payment from Govr. Lee. Keep your eye close upon the Tobacco & whenever you can strike the stroke for a Cargo at 24/100th you may do it. Your reimbursement must be partly by drafts on me & partly by bills... on Messrs. Bourdieu Chollet & Bourdieu of London...." Henry "Light Horse" Lee (1756-1818), after a tumultuous military career had become involved with Morris in frontier land speculations and canal projects which in the end would prove disastrous. Together 2 items. (2) " /> MORRIS, Robert. Autograph letter signed (Rob<V>t. Morris") as Pennsylvania Senator, to Carey & Tilghman, Philadelphia, 14 December 1788. <I>1½ pages, 4to, pale green stationery</I>. Very fine condition. A HARRIED VENTURE CAPITALIST: CREDITORS "WRITE ME PRESSINGLY." A distracted Morris, plans for his wife's voyage and manages his diverse business interests. In 1787 Morris and Benjamin Franklin represented their state in the Constitutional Convention. Less than two months before this letter Morris had been elected one of Pennsylvania's first Senators and declined the post of first Secretary of the Treasury. "...I see that you have sold the bills of Mr. Montgomerie & Mr. Donald & I hope you sent by Mr. Bell the money as you proposed for they write me pressingly for it...." A vessel, the Union, "was to sail this day, and I am now writing...after my return from Chester where I went to take down Mrs. Morris...bound also to Havre, so we shall [see] which will get there first." He discusses two notes for $3,800 and hopes that "by the time this falls due some Funds may come in...to assist in the discharge" of these obligations. Morris also reports that "I desired Messrs. Hazelhurst & to send you some Teas for sale...but I have been so much occupied in preparing for Mrs. Morris's departure that I do not know the quantities which they send nor whether they sent any...." The tea, he advises, "should be sold as soon as possible," and he lists the profits on different types of tea "clear of freight," and adds that "I shall want this money in your hands for a particular purpose...." -- MORRIS, Robert. Autograph letter signed ("Robt.Morris") to Carey & Tilghman in Baltimore; Philadelphia, 14 September 1788. <I>1 full page, 4to, pale green paper, integral address leaf with postmarks and dockets.</I> In superb condition. "KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THE TOBACCO...". Morris is "very well pleased that you had sent Mr. Montgomerie the $2000...as he is in great want of money and my interest has already suffered in some degree on that account. I received the protests and have credited you for them agreeably to the advice contained in your letter...I hope your letters & mine will produce a handsome payment from Gov<V>r. Lee. Keep your eye close upon the Tobacco & whenever you can strike the stroke for a Cargo at 24/100th you may do it. Your reimbursement must be partly by drafts on me & partly by bills... on Messrs. Bourdieu Chollet & Bourdieu of London...." Henry "Light Horse" Lee (1756-1818), after a tumultuous military career had become involved with Morris in frontier land speculations and canal projects which in the end would prove disastrous. <I>Together 2 items</I>. (2) | Christie's
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    MORRIS, Robert. Autograph letter signed (Robt. Morris") as Pennsylvania Senator, to Carey & Tilghman, Philadelphia, 14 December 1788. 1½ pages, 4to, pale green stationery. Very fine condition. A HARRIED VENTURE CAPITALIST: CREDITORS "WRITE ME PRESSINGLY." A distracted Morris, plans for his wife's voyage and manages his diverse business interests. In 1787 Morris and Benjamin Franklin represented their state in the Constitutional Convention. Less than two months before this letter Morris had been elected one of Pennsylvania's first Senators and declined the post of first Secretary of the Treasury. "...I see that you have sold the bills of Mr. Montgomerie & Mr. Donald & I hope you sent by Mr. Bell the money as you proposed for they write me pressingly for it...." A vessel, the Union, "was to sail this day, and I am now writing...after my return from Chester where I went to take down Mrs. Morris...bound also to Havre, so we shall [see] which will get there first." He discusses two notes for $3,800 and hopes that "by the time this falls due some Funds may come in...to assist in the discharge" of these obligations. Morris also reports that "I desired Messrs. Hazelhurst & to send you some Teas for sale...but I have been so much occupied in preparing for Mrs. Morris's departure that I do not know the quantities which they send nor whether they sent any...." The tea, he advises, "should be sold as soon as possible," and he lists the profits on different types of tea "clear of freight," and adds that "I shall want this money in your hands for a particular purpose...." -- MORRIS, Robert. Autograph letter signed ("Robt.Morris") to Carey & Tilghman in Baltimore; Philadelphia, 14 September 1788. 1 full page, 4to, pale green paper, integral address leaf with postmarks and dockets. In superb condition. "KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THE TOBACCO...". Morris is "very well pleased that you had sent Mr. Montgomerie the $2000...as he is in great want of money and my interest has already suffered in some degree on that account. I received the protests and have credited you for them agreeably to the advice contained in your letter...I hope your letters & mine will produce a handsome payment from Govr. Lee. Keep your eye close upon the Tobacco & whenever you can strike the stroke for a Cargo at 24/100th you may do it. Your reimbursement must be partly by drafts on me & partly by bills... on Messrs. Bourdieu Chollet & Bourdieu of London...." Henry "Light Horse" Lee (1756-1818), after a tumultuous military career had become involved with Morris in frontier land speculations and canal projects which in the end would prove disastrous. Together 2 items. (2)

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    MORRIS, Robert. Autograph letter signed (Robt. Morris") as Pennsylvania Senator, to Carey & Tilghman, Philadelphia, 14 December 1788. 1½ pages, 4to, pale green stationery. Very fine condition. A HARRIED VENTURE CAPITALIST: CREDITORS "WRITE ME PRESSINGLY." A distracted Morris, plans for his wife's voyage and manages his diverse business interests. In 1787 Morris and Benjamin Franklin represented their state in the Constitutional Convention. Less than two months before this letter Morris had been elected one of Pennsylvania's first Senators and declined the post of first Secretary of the Treasury. "...I see that you have sold the bills of Mr. Montgomerie & Mr. Donald & I hope you sent by Mr. Bell the money as you proposed for they write me pressingly for it...." A vessel, the Union, "was to sail this day, and I am now writing...after my return from Chester where I went to take down Mrs. Morris...bound also to Havre, so we shall [see] which will get there first." He discusses two notes for $3,800 and hopes that "by the time this falls due some Funds may come in...to assist in the discharge" of these obligations. Morris also reports that "I desired Messrs. Hazelhurst & to send you some Teas for sale...but I have been so much occupied in preparing for Mrs. Morris's departure that I do not know the quantities which they send nor whether they sent any...." The tea, he advises, "should be sold as soon as possible," and he lists the profits on different types of tea "clear of freight," and adds that "I shall want this money in your hands for a particular purpose...." -- MORRIS, Robert. Autograph letter signed ("Robt.Morris") to Carey & Tilghman in Baltimore; Philadelphia, 14 September 1788. 1 full page, 4to, pale green paper, integral address leaf with postmarks and dockets. In superb condition. "KEEP A CLOSE EYE ON THE TOBACCO...". Morris is "very well pleased that you had sent Mr. Montgomerie the $2000...as he is in great want of money and my interest has already suffered in some degree on that account. I received the protests and have credited you for them agreeably to the advice contained in your letter...I hope your letters & mine will produce a handsome payment from Govr. Lee. Keep your eye close upon the Tobacco & whenever you can strike the stroke for a Cargo at 24/100th you may do it. Your reimbursement must be partly by drafts on me & partly by bills... on Messrs. Bourdieu Chollet & Bourdieu of London...." Henry "Light Horse" Lee (1756-1818), after a tumultuous military career had become involved with Morris in frontier land speculations and canal projects which in the end would prove disastrous. Together 2 items. (2)


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