From John Fitch
New York the 11 February 1788
I was with Mr. Thompson1 the other day who informed me that he should report my petition ought to be committed but that he did not think that Congress would at this time do any thing in it.2 I beg leave Sir to enclose you some further observations on it praying not only your patronage but also that you will forgive the freedom taken by your ever Faithful Humble Servant
RC (DLC). Docketed by JM. Enclosure not found.
1. Charles Thomson.
2. See Fitch to JM, 10 Feb. 1788 and n. 2. Congress on this day rejected a motion for the commitment of Fitch’s petition, but reversed this action two days later by referring the petition to a committee consisting of Abraham Clark, Thomas Tudor Tucker, and John Armstrong (JCC description begins Worthington C. Ford et al., eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789 (34 vols.; Washington, 1904–37). description ends , XXXIV, 39 n., 45 n.).