Lot 170: Robert Morris

RR Auction

2015-07-27 11:42:29

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Lot 170: Important financier who signed the Declaration of Independence, Articles of Confederation, and Constitution (1734–1806). LS signed "Rob't Morris," one page both sides, 7.75 x 9.25, July 12, 1797. Letter to the "Trustees of the Aggregate Fund." In part: "We do not find a copy of the instrument of conveyance from James Greenleaf…you will oblige us by letting us have a copy thereof…There is no recital of the deed to the Trustees of the 9th May 1797 altho the property in that deed was evidently intended by both parties to form a part of the aggregate fund as appears from the correspondence during the negotiation…we suggest the propriety of an additional article to be executed for that purpose." Signed at the conclusion by Morris and countersigned by his business partner John Nicholson. In very good condition, with intersecting folds, toning and some chipping to edges, and stains along the left edge. Accompanied by an unsigned engraved portrait and the original address panel, now detached from the letter. Morris, Nicholson, and Greenleaf formed the North American Land Company in the 1790s in a disastrous real estate speculation scheme that ultimately went bankrupt, resulting in Morris being held in debtor's prison for over three years. RR Auction's Fine Autographs and Artifacts Auction 458 Wednesday, 12th August 2015 Estimate: $400-600
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