Lewis, Francis A.

Francis A. Lewis papers on Robert Morris, 1790–1932.
2 boxes, plus 1 oversize folder (0.83 linear feet).
About Francis A. Lewis and Robert Morris

Francis A. Lewis was a trustee of Robert Morris’s estate. Robert Morris, Jr. (1734-1806) was an American merchant and a signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, the Articles of Confederation, and the United States Constitution. Morris was known as the Financier of the Revolution, because of his role in personally financing the American side in the Revolutionary War from 1781 to 1784. Morris was ruined by land speculation and in 1798 was taken to debtor’s prison where he spent three and a half years. For the benefit of his creditors he assigned certain real estate that he owned in New York to trustees.

About the collection

Records related to the repayment of the creditors of Robert Morris and to the administration and gradual liquidation of his lands that placed in trust by Morris to protect his equity. Correspondence, indentures, deeds, receipts, and other records document the sale and sub-division of lands and taxation on lands. Items of note include a copy of a deed for land conveyed to Mary Jemison by the Seneca Indian Nation and a certified true copy of bill from the New York legislature guaranteeing Jemison’s title to the land.
Papers of Lawrence Lewis, Sr., including correspondence and receipts. Correspondence from John Young to Lawrence Lewis regarding the sale of coal lands in Schuylkill County, Pennsylvania, and to the coal and barge operations connected to the mining of coal; There are also some papers related to Robert Lewis (brother of Lawrence Lewis, Sr.), Lawrence Lewis, Jr. (d. 1915), and Frederick A. Lewis.
Letters, receipts, deeds of Joseph Higbee. Correspondence related to the sale and subdivision of lands in Ohio; and letters from Higbee to his father, mother, and sister.
Papers of John Phillips, captain of the William Savery and of the Superior, both of which were engaged in trade with China. Includes invoices, bills of lading, and accounts for goods shipped.

Types of material
  • Bills of lading
  • Correspondence
  • Deeds
  • Receipts (financial records)
Reference files
  • China-Commerce-USA
  • China Trade
  • Morris, Robert
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