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Morris, Robert (1660-70)

Morris, Robert, at ‘The Golden Lyon’, Cornhill, London, ‘Royal Upholsterer Extraordinary’ (1660–70). Appointed u to Charles II after the Restoration, but in 1661 was forced, as several other Royal u were, to humbly petition the King for settlement of his account. He wrote that he had always been ready ‘to manifest his duty to your, since your happy Restauration, by supplying your Wardrobe with all such provisions, as ye Lord Gen1. Montague and others the officers thereof, have, from time to time, desired amountinge unto nine thousand Eight hundred & odd pounds, and never yet received any more than Six hundred pounds thereof (wch was about fourteen months Since), though your can Safely affirme, that noe man hath Supplied your Mat.ies occasions with more cheerefullnesse, and cheaper goods, or Shall for the future, if your might be reasonably enabled, by payment of what is already due, without which, he is in most apparent danger to loose his Credit, and thereby to bring inevitable ruine on his family…’. Charles ‘taking notice of the great debt due to the Peticoner’, ‘Captaine’ Morris, ordered the Earl of Sandwich, Master of the Great Wardrobe, to take steps for its discharge, the order being dated 20 January 1661. Morris had supplied chairs, couches, bedsteads, cushions, blankets, curtains and carpets to the Crown; also seventy-five turkeywork chairs to the House of Commons. For the Queen Mother's Lodging, and Princess Henrietta's Lodging at Whitehall, Morris provided ten French tables, twenty-five chairs and stools ‘of cloth’, ‘six high Turkey Work Chairs & 36 Turkey Work Chairs’. Morris also hired out beds, tapestries, turkeywork and leather chairs to the Prince of Lygny, Ambassador Extraordinary from the King of Spain at Campden House, on 29 September and 13 October 1660. [PRO, LC5/39–40; DEF; Conn., vol. 111, 1943, p. 116 and January 1934, p. 18; Burlington, September 1942, p. 218; C. Life, 11 February 1960, p. 275; Winterthur, Delaware, Symonds papers, 75x69.18, p. 8]

The original entry from Dictionary of English Furniture Makers, 1660-1840 can be found at British History Online.