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Manuscript Group 134
WILLING, MORRIS, and SWANWICK COMPANY RECORDS
1774-1800
.5 cu. ft


Willing, Morris and Swanwick, Philadelphia mercantile house, succeeded the early Willing, Morris and Company, organized in 1754 by Thomas Willing and Robert Morris, and carried on business generally throughout the period of the American Revolution. Members of the firm were Thomas Willing (b.1731, d.1821), Robert Morris (b. 1734, d. 1806), and John Swanwick (b.1759, d.1798). Papers are chiefly associated with the business as a unit or with Robert Morris or John Swanwick individually, none of the papers emanating from Thomas Willing exclusively. Among letters are those written to Tench Tilghman and Company, Baltimore, pertaining to shipping, and to the export and import of commodities such as tobacco, salt, rum, wheat, and flour, 1783-86; letters of Robert Morris to Jonathan Hudson, Baltimore merchant, 1774-1781; letters concerning insurance on cargoes, 1784, 1785; letters of John Swanwick to John Nicholson and others, 1781-1786; and letters of Morris to John Ross and James Wilson, 1789, 1790. Included is a copy of an agreement among Morris, John Nicholson, and James Greenleaf to buy certain securities of John Warden, 1794.




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