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Date Title Author Recipient Summary
March 9, 1791 Wanted: An Appointment with the Western Army John Fitch Henry Knox Since his zeal in attempting to invent a steam boat has reduced him to a state of penury, Fitch petitions Knox for a position with the Western Army. An appointment as Surveyor of the Army would suit him well.
January 31, 1791 Petition of John Fitch John Fitch Edmund Randolph Details of Fitch's character described. Went poor in public service, traveled to Kentucky at the personal request of the commissioners, no longer has the assistance of the Army or his private creditors. Requests discharge, happy to hear there is a committee appointed by Congress to hear requests.