Petition of John Fitch Respecting His Steam-Powered Vessel

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Date June 22, 1790
Author Name John Fitch (primary) Location: Philadelphia
Recipient Name Thomas Jefferson (primary)
Summary Fitch petitions Jefferson, Randolph, and Knox for funds to cover his expenses in developing a prototype of a steam-driven vessel which he believes will immensely improve navigation of the waters of the United States.
Document Format Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups John Fitch; Thomas Jefferson, Secretary of State; Edmund Randolph, Attorney General; Henry Knox, Secretary of War; Congress; experienced workmen; ;
Related Places Philadelphia; New Jersey; New York; Pennsylvania; Delaware; Virginia; western waters of the United States; westerm territory; England; ;
Keywords legislatures of many of the states; construction of a steam engine; labor; navigation; experiiments; valuable discovery; profits; ;
Key Phrases ...applying steam to the purpose of progressing vessels through the water;
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