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Letter to Thomas Fitzsimons, notice of order for 5 Guineas and meeting with General Pinckney, signed John Witherspoon, dated October 3, 1787.


[recto] Princeton Octr. 3, 1787 Sir, I have just sent to Mr. Richd. Randolph of Virginia a small order for 5 Guineas he being in Philadelphia & his Credit being with Mr. Constable of N. York, on whom I have given a like order to Billy Ferguson who has leave to go to N. York upon a short visit - I hope you will forgive this Liberty as we could get no hard money here & it will be precisely the same there as here. Genl. Pinckney passed this place Yesterday to whom I showed a letter I had just received from Mr. Gadsden allowing me if John Ferguson is not likely to profit after consulting with the General to send him home by [illegible]. The General is desirous that he should stay if any thing can be made of him but left it to me to of that. I will therefore have a very particular Conversation with him & then determine whether any further Travel should be made I have the Honour to be Sir your most Obedt. humble Sevt. Jno Witherspoon Honbl. Tho’ Fitzsimmons Esqr. Philadelphia

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John Witherspoon, Thomas Fitzsimmons, Richard Randolph, Virginia, Princeton, Constable, Billy Ferguson, New York, General Pinckney, Gadsden, John Ferguson, guineas, Philadelphia, 1787

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October 2013

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Letter from John Witherspoon to Thomas Fitzsimons

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