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Gouverneur MorrisAn Independent Life$
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William Howard Adams

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300099805

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300099805.001.0001

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Paris, 1789

Paris, 1789

(p.171) Chapter 9 Paris, 1789
Gouverneur Morris

William Howard Adams

Yale University Press

This chapter explains how heavy sea can also serve as a metaphor for Morris's complex private life in Paris, a tangle of money, politics, and romance. Admiring rumors of his success in finance, gallantry, and constitution-making had preceded him. The key to the Parisian beau monde was that at its core its scale was intimate and manageable, a place where all the leading figures—political, cultural, and entrepreneurial—were able to know each other without difficulty. Morris's considerable reputation as a statesman, lawyer, and financial expert was well known in the higher levels of Paris society and the government. Close dealings with French emissaries in Philadelphia as a member of the Continental Congress and his important post in the Office of Finance had put him in touch with a number of the city's leading characters.

Keywords:   Morris, Paris, finance, Parisian beau monde, Paris society, French emissaries, Philadelphia

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