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His Entreaties

Ryan K. Smith

in Robert Morris's Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300196047
eISBN:
9780300206975
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196047.003.0008
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter focuses on Morris's efforts to stave off financial ruin. Morris owed British capitalist John B. Church nearly $100,000 from a 1793 loan. To London banking firm Bourdieu Chollet & ... More


His Release

Ryan K. Smith

in Robert Morris's Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300196047
eISBN:
9780300206975
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196047.003.0010
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter describes Robert Morris's incarceration on February 16, 1798 and its impact on Mary; the yellow fever epidemic that ravaged Philadelphia, including Morris's prison; P. Charles L'Enfant's ... More


His Folly

Ryan K. Smith

in Robert Morris's Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300196047
eISBN:
9780300206975
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196047.003.0007
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter focuses on Morris's speculative activities, mounting debt, and the continued construction of his home. By the end of 1795, it became clear that Morris's projects—his fortune, his ... More


His Plans

Ryan K. Smith

in Robert Morris's Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300196047
eISBN:
9780300206975
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196047.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter describes how Morris's lavish lifestyle were built on something of a lie. Many saw in him the personification of wealth, and Morris himself had done all he could to foster this image. ... More


His Capital

Ryan K. Smith

in Robert Morris's Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300196047
eISBN:
9780300206975
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196047.003.0002
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter describes Morris's rise up the social and political ladder. Morris was more than just a signer of the Declaration, a US senator, or a supremely wealthy financier. He reached that ... More


His Family

Ryan K. Smith

in Robert Morris's Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300196047
eISBN:
9780300206975
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196047.003.0003
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter describes Morris's family and lavish lifestyle. Robert and his wife Mary had seven children whom they doted on: Thomas, William, Esther (known as Hetty), Charles, Maria, and then Henry, ... More


His Ruins

Ryan K. Smith

in Robert Morris's Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300196047
eISBN:
9780300206975
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196047.003.0009
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter focuses on the sale of Morris's properties along with his other holdings. It describes English-born architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe's critique of Morris's house on Chestnut Street and ... More


His Architect

Ryan K. Smith

in Robert Morris's Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300196047
eISBN:
9780300206975
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196047.003.0006
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter focuses on Morris's architect, French-born engineer Peter (Pierre) Charles L'Enfant. It describes his architectural commissions, complaints about the quality of his work, and his ... More


Robert Morris's Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder

Ryan K. Smith

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300196047
eISBN:
9780300206975
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196047.001.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

In 1798 Robert Morris—“financier of the American Revolution,” confidant of George Washington, former U.S. senator—plunged from the peaks of wealth and prestige into debtors'prison and public ... More


His House

Ryan K. Smith

in Robert Morris's Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300196047
eISBN:
9780300206975
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196047.003.0005
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter describes Morris's plans to build a house that would be a landmark—a residential equivalent to the State House, the library, the jail, the hospital, or one of Philadelphia's monumental ... More


The Divided Mind of James Madison, 1790: Nationalist Versus Ideologue

Stanley Elkins and Eric McKitrick

in The Age of Federalism

Published in print:
1995
Published Online:
October 2011
ISBN:
9780195093810
eISBN:
9780199854127
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195093810.003.0004
Subject:
History, American History: early to 18th Century

James Madison's mind was occupied with the dilemma of what it meant to be both a leading Federalist and a leading Virginian. The search for a resolution of that dilemma would turn out to claim ... More


Prologue

Ryan K. Smith

in Robert Morris's Folly: The Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
January 2015
ISBN:
9780300196047
eISBN:
9780300206975
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300196047.003.0001
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century

This chapter describes George Washington's friendship with Robert Morris and the circumstances that landed Morris in debtors' prison in 1798. Rash speculation and the resulting debt led to Morris's ... More


The Third Man

Donald Davidson

in Truth, Language, and History: Philosophical Essays Volume 5

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780198237570
eISBN:
9780191602610
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/019823757X.003.0011
Subject:
Philosophy, General

This essay discusses the series of ‘Blind-Time Davidson’ drawings made by artist Robert Morris, which were inspired by Davidson’s Essays on Actions and Events. Each drawing contains a fragment from ... More


Held in Reserve: Banks, Serial Crises, and the Ekphrastic Turn

John O’brien

in Literature Incorporated: The Cultural Unconscious of the Business Corporation, 1650-1850

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2016
ISBN:
9780226291123
eISBN:
9780226291260
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226291260.003.0006
Subject:
Literature, American, 18th Century and Early American Literature

The Panic of 1837 was the financial crisis that set the pattern for such paroxysms of instability in the financial system ever since. This chapter explores the importance of the figure of the bank in ... More


From Author to Fur Trader

Edward G. Gray

in The Making of John Ledyard: Empire and Ambition in the Life of an Early American Traveler

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110555
eISBN:
9780300137811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110555.003.0007
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

The chapter discusses John Ledyard's entry into business under the patronage of Robert Morris. Sometime during the late spring of 1783 the struggling Ledyard met Morris, a Philadelphia merchant, ... More


Kant’s “Free Play” in Light of Minimal Art

Thierry de Duve

in Aesthetics at Large: Volume 1: Art, Ethics, Politics

Published in print:
2019
Published Online:
September 2019
ISBN:
9780226546568
eISBN:
9780226546872
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226546872.003.0010
Subject:
Philosophy, Aesthetics

In section 9 of the Critique of Judgment, Kant asks himself whether in aesthetic experience pleasure precedes judgment or judgment precedes pleasure, and although he knows that judgment must precede ... More


Talking Lawyerlike about Law: Black Advocacy and My Bondage and My Freedom

Jeannine Marie DeLombard

in Slavery on Trial: Law, Abolitionism, and Print Culture

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807830864
eISBN:
9781469605791
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807887738_delombard.8
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter narrates the experiences of John Mercer Langston and Robert Morris on the opposition to antebellum displays of black civic agency. It then discusses Frederick Douglass's oratory of the ... More


The Making of John Ledyard: Empire and Ambition in the Life of an Early American Traveler

Edward G. Gray

Published in print:
2007
Published Online:
October 2013
ISBN:
9780300110555
eISBN:
9780300137811
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300110555.001.0001
Subject:
History, British and Irish Early Modern History

During the course of his short but extraordinary life, John Ledyard (1751–1789) came into contact with some of the most remarkable figures of his era: the British explorer Captain James Cook, ... More


A Virtual Presence in Space

D. N. Rodowick

in What Philosophy Wants from Images

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780226513058
eISBN:
9780226513225
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
DOI:
10.7208/chicago/9780226513225.003.0003
Subject:
Literature, Film, Media, and Cultural Studies

This chapter examines recent work by Victor Burgin as a questioning or interrogation of the concept of medium in artworks that hold perception in an interstitial space between stillness and movement, ... More


The Wall

Richard Archer

in Jim Crow North: The Struggle for Equality in Antebellum New England

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
September 2017
ISBN:
9780190676643
eISBN:
9780190676674
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190676643.003.0013
Subject:
History, American History: 19th Century, Political History

Any comparison of the 1850s with 1830 would conclude that the struggle for equal rights had made substantial progress. Almost all legal discriminations had ended. There was increased opportunity for ... More


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