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Documentary History of the First Federal Congress
ALS, Gratz Collection, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Thomas Fitzsimons to Benjamin Rush (excerpt)

 15 June 1789 
We are to day to go on the business of departments. & the bills being ready there will not be much difficulty in Getting them thru the treasury, being the Most Important Engages, the public attention most I mean as to the persons who are to execute it I suspect extreamly there will not be a Pensylvanian in it— a Secy. or Minister, a Comptroller & Auditor—are the principles— will have extensive Dutys and Important dutys and ought to be men of Superior Capacity in their different lines— these first appointments will not only give a tone to the business— but even a Complexion to the Governmt— I hope a Good one tho I Acknowledge the difficulty of Getting men in all respects fit is Great.

Recommended citation: Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, ed. Charlene Bickford, et al. (Columbia, S.C.: Model Editions Partnership, 2002). XML version based on unpublished letters. http://adh.sc.edu [Accessed (supply date here)]

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