Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Robert Morris's FollyThe Architectural and Financial Failures of an American Founder$
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

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

Show Summary Details
Page of

PRINTED FROM YALE SCHOLARSHIP ONLINE (www.yale.universitypressscholarship.com). (c) Copyright Yale University Press, 2021. All Rights Reserved. An individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a monograph in YSO for personal use.date: 03 August 2021

His Plans

His Plans

Chapter:
(p.49) 3. His Plans
Source:
Robert Morris's Folly
Author(s):

Ryan K. Smith

Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300196047.003.0004

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. But the reality was that Morris had labored under crushing debts since the mid-1780s, debts that threatened to strip his family of everything. When he returned to private life in 1784, he brought a renewed confidence to his entrepreneurial activities, along with an expanded worldview. He developed an appetite for action that would make his prewar mercantile risk-taking seem tame. His prime enterprise became land speculation.

Keywords:   Robert Morris, debts, lifestyle, land speculation

Yale Scholarship Online requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books within the service. Public users can however freely search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter.

Please, subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.

To troubleshoot, please check our FAQs , and if you can't find the answer there, please contact us.