Robert Morris on the state of the war, Philadelphia, 1776

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Robert Morris (1734-1806) was a delegate from Pennsylvania to the Continental Congress. In addition, he was a elected to be a part of the Pennsylvania Council of Safety, the Committee of Correspondence, the Provincial Assembly and the Pennsylvania legislature. He is well known for the "Morris notes," the name dubbed for the money Morris payed to personally help finance the Revolution. He later became the first and only United States Superintendent of Finance as well as a U.S. Senator from Pennsylvania.

The letter is addressed to John Bradford, a continental agent in Boston. Dated December 24, 1776, this letter shows Morris' thoughts and fears about the British army. He speaks of the "unhappy situation" of the Americans, mentioning that the British took over New Jersey and that the enemy sympathizers are taking "advantage of the present confusion." He then remarks that Philadelphia will most likely remain safe from the British troops and explains why it would be a disaster if the capital was to fall.

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  • Title: Robert Morris on the state of the war, Philadelphia, 1776
  • Creator: Robert Morris
  • Creation Date: 1776-12-24
  • Subject Date: 1776-12-24
  • Locations:
    • Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA
    • Boston, Suffolk County, MA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 39.2 cm x 24.1 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 420, Box 59/9
  • Collection: John S. H. Fogg autograph collection
  • Object Type: Text

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