Lewis Morris inquiring about family after Revolutionary War battle, Philadelphia, 1776

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Lewis Morris served New York at the Second Continental Congress with the intention of addressing grievances, but working with the Crown. Early in 1776, Thomas Paine's pamphlet Common Sense circulated and Morris witnessed its effect on the populace.

By March of 1776, Morris believed reconciliation unlikely. The New York Assembly, however, still retained a desire for peace and refused to direct their delegates on how to vote. Morris and the others abstained on July 2, but finally put their support behind independence on July 9, 1776.

This letter from Morris to his son, Lewis Morris, Jr., demonstrates the risks taken by the Declaration signers and their families. Writing during the uncertain days after the Revolutionary War battles in New York, Morris inquires about the security of his home and family.

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  • Title: Lewis Morris inquiring about family after Revolutionary War battle, Philadelphia, 1776
  • Creator: Lewis Morris
  • Creation Date: 1776-09-13
  • Subject Date: 1776-09-13
  • Location: Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, PA
  • Media: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 33.655 cm x 20.955 cm
  • Local Code: Coll. 420, Box 58/8
  • Collection: John S. H. Fogg autograph collection
  • Object Type: Text

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