Robert Morris Sr. was the father of Robert Morris, the founding father who was the "Financier of the Revolution." Marianne and I came upon the elder Morris's grave in Whitemarsh Cemetery during the course of our perambulations and have dutifully copied the words of praise inscribed upon his stone:
In memory of
ROBERT MORRIS a Native of Liverpool
In Great Britain
Late a Merchant at Oxford
In this Province
Punctual Integrity influenced his Dealings
Principles of Honor governed his Actions
With an uncommon Degree of Sincerity
He despised Artifice and Dissimulation
His friendship was firm, candid and valuable
His charity frequent, secret and well adapted
His Zeal for the Public Good active and useful
His hospitality was enhanced by his Conversation
Seasoned with cheerful Wit and a sound Judgment
Which about says it all. Save only that he also, though the stone does not admit to this fact, owned many human beings, whom he held enslaved. That fact should be entered into the ledger of Eternity as well.
Oh, and here's an odd moment in history . . .
In 1747, three years before his death by accident, Morris imported 106 indentured Scottish soldiers captured at the Battle of Culloden to work the tobacco fields of Oxford.