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Wadsworth, Jeremiah (1743-1804) to Robert Morris

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02437.03365 Author/Creator: Wadsworth, Jeremiah (1743-1804) Place Written: Hartford, Connecticut Type: Manuscript letter Date: 3 December 1786 Pagination: 1 p. ; 22.6 x 18.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Discusses the contract recently sent by the Board of Treasury to him and to Morris regarding a loan they are planning to give to Congress. Will come to New York to finish signing paperwork with Morris. Writes, "I am very far from wishing to engage in any public business nor have I funds that I can readily apply to the purpose of a Contract but with those offered us & your extensive Credit & influence - I will not refuse to undertake, if it is perfectly agreeable to you." Secretarially written and signed for Wadsworth.

Full Transcript: [draft]
Hartford Decr 3rd. 1786
Dear Sir
Before this you will have received propositions from the Board of Treasury for a very extensive Contract which came last night to me I ...shall not give them definiti [inserted: ve] answer till I hear from you, when if you are willing they should consider the Terms they have suggested as the basis of a Contract" I will come to New York to compleat with you such agreements as may be necessary between us & the Board of Treasury. I am very [struck: sorry] far from wishing to engage in any public business nor have I funds that I can readily apply to the purpose of a Contract but [inserted: with] those offered us & your extensive Credit & influence - I will [struck: undertake] not refuse to undertake, if it is perfectly agreeable [struck: with] [inserted: to] you - as there is no time to loose your answer will not be delayed -
Please to present my respectful Compliments to Mrs Morris & Mr G. Morris & be assured that I am with real esteem
Dr Sir & your obedient Servant
Jerem Wadworth

Mr R. Morris
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People: Wadsworth, Jeremiah, 1743-1804
Morris, Robert, 1734-1806

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: Revolutionary War GeneralFinanceContinental CongressCongressMilitary HistoryGovernment and CivicsRebellionMobs and RiotsShays' RebellionContract

Sub Era: Creating a New Government

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