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Robert Morris's FollyThe Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder$
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Ryan K. Smith

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780300196047

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300196047.001.0001

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His Family

His Family

(p.31) 2. His Family
Robert Morris's Folly

Ryan K. Smith

Yale University Press

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, their youngest. Mary was a proud woman who relished her position, serving as partner in Morris's undertakings, offering political advice, helping to cultivate his financial connections, directing their household, and overseeing their children's activities. The Morrises also earned a reputation for hospitality. Their private dinners, teas, card games, and music nurtured the same associations as those so publicly celebrated at the Dancing Assembly.

Keywords:   Robert Morris, family, Mary, wife, children, hospitality

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