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MORRIS, Robert.].

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(BROADSIDE). [MORRIS, Robert.]. PRINTED CERTIFICATE FOR THE NORTH AMERICAN LAND COMPANY, COMPLETED IN MANUSCRIPT AND SIGNED BY JAMES MARSHALL AND ROBERT MORRIS. Philadelphia, Feb. 20, 1793. Broadside. 10 x 12 inches. Matted and framed. Minor soiling. Scalloped cut along left margin. Near fine. Document signed by Robert Morris - signer of the Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution, and the "Financier of the Revolution" - granting four shares in the North American Land Company to Dr. Enoch Edwards. Enoch Edwards, a surgeon by trade, was a leading patriot who served as a member of the June 18, 1776 Provincial Congress, and a signer of the 1790 Pennsylvania Constitution. Robert Morris played a leading role in the financial decisions of the Revolutionary government - he founded the first national bank, sought to fund public debts by means of a national revenue, and used his own funds, when necessary, to finance the Revolution and the fledgling American government. In the late 1780s and 1790s, Morris speculated extensively in various land deals, becoming fabulously wealthy and then losing everything in 1798, spending two and a half years in debtors prison. The North American Land Company, the most ambitious of his schemes, is the venture that finally brought about Morris's downfall. Countersigned by Secretary James Marshall, brother of future Chief Justice John Marshall. Bookseller Inventory # 61227

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