George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Samuel Hitchcock, 16 May 1794

From Samuel Hitchcock

Manchester [Vt.] May 16th 1794


Mr Morris has communicated to me his intentions of immediately resigning the office of Marshal of this District—Should that be the case, I beg leave to suggest, that it would be very convenient for the Marshal to reside near lake Champlain, as the principle business of the district Court originates there—I take the liberty to recommend Jabez G. Fitch as a suitable person to suceed Mr Morris—he resides at Vergennes—has some time served as Deputy Marshal—should his appointment meet your approbation, I flatter myself he will discharge the duties of the Office with fidelity1—I have the honor to be, with the highest sentiments of esteem, your Excellencys obedt Sert

Saml Hitchcock


1Jabez Gale Fitch (1764-1824) was a member of the Dorchester masonic lodge at Vergennes, Vt., to which Hitchcock also belonged. On 7 June, GW nominated Fitch to be marshal of the district of Vermont, and the Senate confirmed him on 9 June (Senate Executive Journal, 161-62). He retained the office until removed by Thomas Jefferson in March 1801 on grounds that he had cruelly treated Matthew Lyon while the latter was a prisoner.

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