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  • Lewis Morris
  • Lewis Morris
  • Lewis Morris
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Description: Signer of the Declaration of Independence from New York (1726-1798). ALS, signed "Lewis Morris," one page, both sides, 7.75 x 13, August 15, 1795, Morrisiana, [New York], addressed on the integral transmittal leaf to his son, and namesake, Lewis Morris IV (1754-1824), a former aide-de-camp of Nathanael Greene during the American Revolution, then living in Charleston, South Carolina. Morris writes, in large part, "I was made very happy the other day when I returned from New Haven where I went with brother Daniel. My chief business there was to speak to Mr. Dwight and some of the tutors who have promised to do everything in their power to serve him...I am not very well. I believe it is a bad cold but I hope to get over it. I have no fever but you know how a man feels with a bad cold... was surprised to hear of Mr. Cox's application to you for money. I think you need not fear for any suit as you never became Jacob's security...Jacob [Jacob Morris (1755-1844) the second son of the Signer] made the same request of me. I told him if I had money he should have it, but that I never would put my hand and seal to any instrument for John Cox...Daniel is a fine boy and he is deserving of every attention of all his friends...the farmers in this county have lost as vast amount of hay from the great floods of this summer. I have been in among the rest but have got a fine parcel of salt hay and in good season...God bless you and believe me your affectionate father and friend." In very good condition, with intersecting folds passing through the signature, a tape repair to an area of fold splitting on the second page, and writing showing through from opposing sides.A fine, warm letter from the New York Signer. After the war, his son settled in South Carolina where he had served in the final years of the conflict with Nathanael Greene. He served five terms in the South Carolina General Assembly from 1789 to 1801 and served as the state's lieutenant governor from 1794 to 1796.

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