Robert Morris Autograph Letter Signed "Robt Morris." One page with integral address leaf, 7.25" x 9.5", Philadelphia, March 9, 1795. Just five days after leaving the United States Senate as was one of Pennsylvania's original two senators, Robert Morris penned this reply to James Carey, a Baltimore shipper and business partner of Morris, regarding a request for money, in part as written:

    "I don't know when I have suffered more painfull sensations than on the receipt of your letter . . . since its arrival I have been trying to raise money but neither Banks or individuals will part with it. (That is the few individuals who have any; for they are few indeed). I . . . expect to make you a remittance soon. If in the mean time you can raise the sum wanted by any of the means already pointed out it will be well to do it."

    Robert Morris (1734-1806) was an American merchant and signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the U.S. Constitution. He was known as the "Financier of the Revolution" because of his role in personally financing America in the Revolutionary War from 1781 to 1784. In addition to being a statesman, Morris was also an entrepreneur with various companies in his name and a land speculator. He bought large swaths of land, much of it in the south. Three years after writing this letter, Morris was unable to make his land speculations profitable and, consequently, unable to pay his numerous creditors. He was imprisoned for debt in Philadelphia's Prune Street debtors' prison from February 1798 to August 1801. He died five years later.

    Text is very bold with some ink ghosting in reverse due to folding. Damage at the left edge from opening at the wax seal, remnants of which are still seen.

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