From Edmund Randolph
Philadelphia October 20. 1794. Monday 1 o’clock p.m.
Mrs Washington having written herself,1 I need not add, that I saw her this morning in good health.
A partial report from the army, leaves it extremely doubtful whether Swanwick will not be elected. Dunlap’s paper of this morning gives the numbers there; and those corps, whose votes have not been stated; will have a majority of eighty six votes in favor of Swanwick to bring up, before Fitzsimmons can be successful.2
Mr Morris has been very anxious for some days past, that you should return, if possible. I asked him, if he doubted your right to be absent from the meeting of congress. He said no; but he thought, that the remaining business could be adjusted by subordinate characters. I have the honor, sir, to be with the highest respect and affectionate attachment yr mo. ob. serv.
1. Martha Washington’s letter has not been found.
2. The report in Dunlap and Claypoole’s American Daily Advertiser (Philadelphia) of this date stated that in returns received from eleven army companies, Thomas FitzSimons had 177 votes and John Swanwick had 46.