Letter from William Duer to Robert Morris

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    [William Duer to Robert Morris March 6, 1778 [RvW Box 2 Folder 60; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Reading March 6th 1778 My dear Friend, You will be surprised to hear from me at this Place: but an Expectation of meeting here Mr Phil: Livingston, and a Wish to make myself pretty well acquainted with the Character and Testaments of Some Individuals has detained me here Since I [MS. strikethrough] saw you at Manheim – I should imagine my dear Friend, you can be no Stranger to ye present critical Situation of our Army; and the late Embarassment [sic] which the Ignorance, and Faction of a thin C[ongre]ss have thrown in the Way of forming magazines for the Army – The Consequences will in my Opinion, occasion its Depotution [Disposition] very Shortly unless both they, and the State of Pensea: [Pennsylvania] care to interfere with the Military Departments – This Circumstance, the Necessity of attending to our Finances, in order to Supply the Urgencies of the next Campaign, and the means for bringing a force into the Feild [sic], and introducing in it Discipline, and a Spirit of Enterprise call for, the immediate attention of every Lover of his Country: and particularly of [MS. strikethrough] you who [without Flattery which I abhor] possess Talents to secure it at this Juncture, and whose Connections, with a State which is likely to be made a Sacrifice of, demand in a peculiar degree, all your Exertions – Let me my dear sir, conjure you to attend Congress on the Return of the Committee from Camp; I am Sensible private Convenience cannot operate upon your mind at this Crisis, provided you have a Prospect of being Useful – Mr Lee writes me from Congress that several members are daily, Expected – Mr Hancock will be there in a few Days – and if my Presence can [End Page 1] induce you, I will after I have Secured my Baggage at Coryell's Ferry [for wh I set out this day] return and Stay one month – Perhaps my dear Friend the Joint Exertions of Some [of] us may Save our Country, and revive the Expiring Reputation of Congress – at least it is our Duty to try it – I write in a great hurry, and in much anxiety of mind; which must plead my Excuse for Incorrectness – Let me know by a Letter to Reading whether you will attend Congress; if you will do I will immediately proceed to Manheim on my Return from Coryell's – and go with you – Write to Colo. [Colonel] Jos: Read to attend – I am sure that his and your Presence will give a Right Turn to the Votes of Penselvania [sic], and Delawar [sic] – without which the Endeavors of other States will be useless – God bless you, and your Family to whom I beg to be particularly remembered – Wm: Duer. [William Duer] [P.S.] Reading March 9th 1778 – This Letter will be delivered to you by Dr Stringer of Albany, an acquaintance of mine, whom I take the Liberty of recommending to your attention – WD: [Endorsed on the right margin:] Valuable [End Page 2] [seal] [Endorsed:] Reading 6 March 1778 Wm Duer Esqr - [William Duer Esquire] answd. 7 March – 431 valuable [Addressed:] Honble Robert Morris Esqr at Manheim favor of Dr. Stringer [seal] [End Page 3]
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    [William Duer to Robert Morris March 6, 1778 [RvW Box 2 Folder 60; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Reading March 6th 1778 My dear Friend, You will be surprised to hear from me at this Place: but an Expectation of meeting here Mr Phil: Livingston, and a Wish to make myself pretty well acquainted with the Character and Testaments of Some Individuals has detained me here Since I [MS. strikethrough] saw you at Manheim – I should imagine my dear Friend, you can be no Stranger to ye present critical Situation of our Army; and the late Embarassment [sic] which the Ignorance, and Faction of a thin C[ongre]ss have thrown in the Way of forming magazines for the Army – The Consequences will in my Opinion, occasion its Depotution [Disposition] very Shortly unless both they, and the State of Pensea: [Pennsylvania] care to interfere with the Military Departments – This Circumstance, the Necessity of attending to our Finances, in order to Supply the Urgencies of the next Campaign, and the means for bringing a force into the Feild [sic], and introducing in it Discipline, and a Spirit of Enterprise call for, the immediate attention of every Lover of his Country: and particularly of [MS. strikethrough] you who [without Flattery which I abhor] possess Talents to secure it at this Juncture, and whose Connections, with a State which is likely to be made a Sacrifice of, demand in a peculiar degree, all your Exertions – Let me my dear sir, conjure you to attend Congress on the Return of the Committee from Camp; I am Sensible private Convenience cannot operate upon your mind at this Crisis, provided you have a Prospect of being Useful – Mr Lee writes me from Congress that several members are daily, Expected – Mr Hancock will be there in a few Days – and if my Presence can [End Page 1] induce you, I will after I have Secured my Baggage at Coryell's Ferry [for wh I set out this day] return and Stay one month – Perhaps my dear Friend the Joint Exertions of Some [of] us may Save our Country, and revive the Expiring Reputation of Congress – at least it is our Duty to try it – I write in a great hurry, and in much anxiety of mind; which must plead my Excuse for Incorrectness – Let me know by a Letter to Reading whether you will attend Congress; if you will do I will immediately proceed to Manheim on my Return from Coryell's – and go with you – Write to Colo. [Colonel] Jos: Read to attend – I am sure that his and your Presence will give a Right Turn to the Votes of Penselvania [sic], and Delawar [sic] – without which the Endeavors of other States will be useless – God bless you, and your Family to whom I beg to be particularly remembered – Wm: Duer. [William Duer] [P.S.] Reading March 9th 1778 – This Letter will be delivered to you by Dr Stringer of Albany, an acquaintance of mine, whom I take the Liberty of recommending to your attention – WD: [Endorsed on the right margin:] Valuable [End Page 2] [seal] [Endorsed:] Reading 6 March 1778 Wm Duer Esqr - [William Duer Esquire] answd. 7 March – 431 valuable [Addressed:] Honble Robert Morris Esqr at Manheim favor of Dr. Stringer [seal] [End Page 3]
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    [William Duer to Robert Morris March 6, 1778 [RvW Box 2 Folder 60; MSS. – A.L.S.]] Reading March 6th 1778 My dear Friend, You will be surprised to hear from me at this Place: but an Expectation of meeting here Mr Phil: Livingston, and a Wish to make myself pretty well acquainted with the Character and Testaments of Some Individuals has detained me here Since I [MS. strikethrough] saw you at Manheim – I should imagine my dear Friend, you can be no Stranger to ye present critical Situation of our Army; and the late Embarassment [sic] which the Ignorance, and Faction of a thin C[ongre]ss have thrown in the Way of forming magazines for the Army – The Consequences will in my Opinion, occasion its Depotution [Disposition] very Shortly unless both they, and the State of Pensea: [Pennsylvania] care to interfere with the Military Departments – This Circumstance, the Necessity of attending to our Finances, in order to Supply the Urgencies of the next Campaign, and the means for bringing a force into the Feild [sic], and introducing in it Discipline, and a Spirit of Enterprise call for, the immediate attention of every Lover of his Country: and particularly of [MS. strikethrough] you who [without Flattery which I abhor] possess Talents to secure it at this Juncture, and whose Connections, with a State which is likely to be made a Sacrifice of, demand in a peculiar degree, all your Exertions – Let me my dear sir, conjure you to attend Congress on the Return of the Committee from Camp; I am Sensible private Convenience cannot operate upon your mind at this Crisis, provided you have a Prospect of being Useful – Mr Lee writes me from Congress that several members are daily, Expected – Mr Hancock will be there in a few Days – and if my Presence can [End Page 1] induce you, I will after I have Secured my Baggage at Coryell's Ferry [for wh I set out this day] return and Stay one month – Perhaps my dear Friend the Joint Exertions of Some [of] us may Save our Country, and revive the Expiring Reputation of Congress – at least it is our Duty to try it – I write in a great hurry, and in much anxiety of mind; which must plead my Excuse for Incorrectness – Let me know by a Letter to Reading whether you will attend Congress; if you will do I will immediately proceed to Manheim on my Return from Coryell's – and go with you – Write to Colo. [Colonel] Jos: Read to attend – I am sure that his and your Presence will give a Right Turn to the Votes of Penselvania [sic], and Delawar [sic] – without which the Endeavors of other States will be useless – God bless you, and your Family to whom I beg to be particularly remembered – Wm: Duer. [William Duer] [P.S.] Reading March 9th 1778 – This Letter will be delivered to you by Dr Stringer of Albany, an acquaintance of mine, whom I take the Liberty of recommending to your attention – WD: [Endorsed on the right margin:] Valuable [End Page 2] [seal] [Endorsed:] Reading 6 March 1778 Wm Duer Esqr - [William Duer Esquire] answd. 7 March – 431 valuable [Addressed:] Honble Robert Morris Esqr at Manheim favor of Dr. Stringer [seal] [End Page 3]
Title:
Letter from William Duer to Robert Morris
Creator:
Duer, William, 1747-1799
Date:
1778-03-06
Description:
Letter from William Duer to Robert Morris regarding the general state of affairs; including the need to recruit an army and raise funds.
Collection:
Charleston Museum Collection of Revolutionary War Letters
Contributing Institution:
The Charleston Museum Archives
Media Type:
Manuscripts
Personal or Corporate Subject:
Duer, William, 1747-1799--Correspondence, Duer, William, 1747-1799, Morris, Robert, 1734-1806--Correspondence, Morris, Robert, 1734-1806
Topical Subject:
War, armed forces, and society
Geographic Subject:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783, United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783--American forces, Saint Stephen (S.C.)
S.C. County:
Charleston County (S.C.)
Internet Media Type:
image/jpeg
Digitization Specifications:
600 ppi, 24-bit depth, color, Epson Expression 10000XL, Archival Masters are tiffs.
Copyright Status Statement:
Public domain.
Access Information:
For more information contact The Charleston Museum, 360 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 29403.