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    Robert Morris Autograph Letter Signed With a Second Franking Signature. Three pages with integral cover, 7.25" x 9.5", Philadelphia; January 24, 1794. Great content letter addressed to his son, Thomas Morris:

    "Your letter of the 12th Jan is before me and I suppose it was written at Albany, altho you do not date it from any place. I never doubted but your votes as a Public man would be informed by the Justice of Liberality, and such was the vote you mention. The last advice I have respecting your Brother Robert is in a letter from G. Morris dated the 20 Oct at Paris. Robert was then at Geneva waiting the return of his servant whom he had sent to Paris for a Passport. I fear from the situation of things in that City that he will not succeed greatly by the delays that have already taken place & shall suffer greater inconveniences still, if finally disappointed.

    An application will be made by the Gentn in New York who act for the Dutch Capitalists owning Lands in the Genesee Country. I shall not appear at all in the business. I hope they will succeed & shall be glad if you can give them a lift provided you think it right, as I presume you will. If they succeed then I shall propose to Capt. Williamson that he shall come forward with an application in favr of Mr. Pulteny, Govr Hornby & Wm Colquhoun, upon exactly the same principles & not suffer any other names to be added to theirs which is I think the most likely way to succeed, but on this & other matters I shall converse with you when we meet.

    You were right in asserting that I had no interest with Col. Ogden in the St. Lawrence Lands. I swapped my share of those Lands with him for others in Ontario County. Your draft for £187.20/NYork City has been accepted & will be paid when done. Enclosed you have a letter from your Mother who expects to see you here the end of this or beginning of next month. I hope you will have it in your power to gratify her & the rest of the family as well as your affectionate Father. Robt Morris."

    Thomas Morris had just begun serving as a member of the New York State Assembly at the time he received this letter. The "Dutch Capitalists" Morris is writing about was the Holland Land Company, a syndicate of Dutch investors who had purchased a tract of land in Western New York from Morris in 1792 and 1793, a sale that was overseen by Thomas Morris. Because foreigners were not allowed to own land within the United States, trustees (the "gentlemen in New York") acting on their behalf made the purchase. Although the investors had hoped to sell the land quickly, and at a great profit, they experienced many setbacks, including right of title and additional investments in surveying and developing the land to make it more attractive.

    With integral cover addressed in his hand, and with a second franking signature. Cover is stamped with a "24 / IA" franklin mark and matching "Free" handstamp.

    Condition: Toned throughout, flattened folds and creasing. First page of the letter is unevenly toned, with the right half being darker. Few bits of paper loss throughout affecting a handful of words, but not the context. Paper added along right edge of integral page, where wax seal has been torn open. Docketed, likely by the recipient, at top of address cover.




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