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Morris, Robert (1734-1806) to Samuel and Robert Purviance

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC01135 Author/Creator: Morris, Robert (1734-1806) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 19 April 1777 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 23.4 x 19.1 cm.

Summary of Content: Morris, chairman of a Congressional secret committee, acknowledges receipt of correspondence from the Purviance brothers, merchants in Baltimore, Maryland. Transmits inventories (not included) of two prize vessels, discusses a recent purchase of flour (possibly for military use) conducted by the Purviances, and relates that the committee will not purchase the prize vessels. Refers the Purviances' previous request regarding military clothing to James Mease, appointed in 1776 as clothier general. Referring to Captain James Nicholson, in command of the ship Virginia, states "It would give us pleasure to hear that the Virginia Cap Nicholson was sailed & your Bay cleared of the Enemies ships, There are several of them at Cape Henlopen where they have done much mischief." Signed by Morris, by order of the secret committee.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution. Cape Henlopen is situated between the Delaware Bay and Atlantic Ocean.

People: Morris, Robert, 1734-1806
Purviance, Robert, d. 1806
Purviance, Samuel, fl. 1777-1788
Mease, James, fl. 1776-1777
Nicholson, James, 1737-1804

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: PrivateeringRevolutionary WarCongressNavyMaritimeMilitary HistoryMilitary UniformsMilitary ProvisionsDiet and nutrition

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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