James Madison Papers

To James Madison from John Fitch, 11 February 1788

From John Fitch

New York the 11 February 1788

Honoured Sir

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

John Fitch

RC (DLC). Docketed by JM. Enclosure not found.

1Charles Thomson.

2See 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.).

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