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Mary was a sister of William White, bishop for fifty years in the American Episcopal Church.
A year later, in 1770, he bought an eighty acre farm on the eastern bank of the Schuylkill River where he built a home he named “The Hills” in an area that is now Fairmount Park.
By this action Philadelphia avoided the kind of violence that occurred in the case of the Boston Tea Party.
After the war began at Lexington and Concord, Morris’ company brought in weapons and powder for the militia, while his shipping contacts sent him information about English troop movements.
Robert Morris hoped his work would result in the English backing down from their course, which was clearly against the British constitution.
He did not wish to separate from England because he thought Americans were not ready for self-rule and he feared anarchy would result.
His father, Robert Morris, Sr., was born at Liverpool in 1700 and was an ironworker.Robert set to work, and in his twenties he took some of his earnings and joined a few friends in creating the London Coffee House, an institution which the Philadelphia Stock Exchange claims as its origin.At one point during the Seven Years War (1756-1763) Robert was sent as a ship captain on a trading mission to Jamaica where he was captured by French Privateers.He was also worried that the colonists were not really prepared for a war with the superpower of the day.He argued for a peaceful resolution, speaking out against independence.