Robert Morris Signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation & United States Constitution
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ROBERT MORRIS (1734-1806). Signer of all Three Foundational Documents including: the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution; Patriot of the American Revolutionary War, known as “The Financier of the American Revolution,” later United States Senator from Pennsylvania.
December 3, 1792-Dated Federal Period, Partly-Printed Document Signed, “Robt Morris”, being his personal, “ROBt. MORRIS” business form, Choice Very Fine. This is a 4th Exchange Draft, 60 Day “Sight Pay” Payment form, at Philadelphia (PA). The Exchange draft paid to: “William Bell or order One hundred and fifty Pounds Sterling...”. Draft then made payable to: “To Mess. Baurdieu Challet & Baurdieu London.” This fancy script and typeset form measures about 8.75” x 3.75”, 1 page, its left margin edge printed with large “ROBt. MORRIS” which is engraved in fancy script letters within its left side border design. Endorsed on the reverse: Pay Mr. John Timmings or Order Value on Acct. - (Signed) “William Bell” as one payee to another. A short piece of early cellophane tape reinforcement on a short left side edge split on its blank reverse, along with an old hinge trace appear removeable. Clean and fresh on laid period paper. Boldly Signed, “Robt Morris” in vivid deep brown measuring a large 2.5” long at bottom right with excellent sharp eye appeal. Robert Morris paid $1,020 annually to William Bell for rent on the Stedman-Galloway House, located at the corner of Sixth and Market Streets in Philadelphia, in which the Morrises lived in 1792, and other services. His last rental payment was through May 31, 1797.
See: Entries for June 1 and July 30, 1797, in Journal 1794-1801,” Robert Morris Business Papers, HSP. William Bell was also a friend and business colleague of William Constable and Hezekiah B. Pierrepont; and some accounts of Pfister & Macomb, and Wells & Wagenen.