To John Fitzgerald
Philadelphia June 13th 1794
A week rarely passes without bringing me a letter of similar contents with the enclosed.1 As a common centre I am addressed by all those who know not where else to apply. Altho’ it is apart from my public duties, and I have very little leizure for private occupations yet I have never failed (either by myself or some other) to make a response to the request which has been received.
This must be my apology for asking your aid in the present case, of such details as will enable me to satisfy the enquiries of Mr Smith.2 These details, and his letter, you will be pleased to forward at your convenience to Dear Sir Your obedt & affecte
ALS, (letterpress copy) ViMtvL; LB, DLC:GW.
2. Bartholomew Dandridge, Jr., replied to Smith in a letter of 30 Aug.: "In answer to the enquiries made in your Letter of the 10. March last to the President of the U.S. The President directs me to transmit to you the Letters herewith enclosed; which contain the best information he is able to obtain relatively to the situation of the affairs of Wm Hunter jr decd" (ViMtvL). The enclosures with that letter, presumably including Fitzgerald’s reply to this letter, have not been identified.