The Documentary History of the First Federal Congress of the United States of America, 1789-1791


ALS, Gratz Collection, Historical Society of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

Thomas Fitzsimons to Benjamin Rush (excerpt)

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.