Thursday 28th. Attended Convention. Dined at Mr. Morris’s in a large Company—(the news of his Bills being protested, arriving last night a little mal-apropos). Drank Tea there, & spent the evening in my chamber.
Over a month earlier, Robert Morris’s “£50,000 sterling of . . . bills of exchange” had been protested in London. The protest interrupted the financier’s purchase of American tobacco and threatened to disrupt the American tobacco trade with France, for which Morris had an exclusive contract with the French Farmers General (James Maury to Thomas Jefferson, and William Short to Jefferson, 21 May 1787, JEFFERSON  description begins Julian P. Boyd et al., eds. The Papers of Thomas Jefferson. 40 vols. to date. Princeton, N.J., 1950—. description ends , 11:370–71, 373).