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    Thomas Fitzsimons Autographed Letter Signed, "Thos Fitzsimons". Two pages, 8" x 8.75", Philadelphia, July 2, 1790 to Dr. Benjamin Rush announcing the final passage of the Residence Act of 1790 that fixed the permanent seat of the federal government on the banks of the Potomac River -- present-day Washington D.C. Reporting from his seat in the House of Representatives, he informs Dr. Rush about the historic passage: "...My time at present will only permit me to tell you that the bill for fixing the temporary residence of Congress for 10 years at Philad [sic] and after that time on Potomack [sic] passed the Senate yesterday..." Fitzsimmons, a staunch Federalist, compliments Vice President John Adams on his ability to facilitate the bill's passage: " is proper to say that this Gent. has Conducted himself on this trying business with great prosperity the decision in several instances has been left to his vote..." The Senate approved version of the Residence Act was presented to the House the same and became the subject of intense debate until its final passage on July 16 as Fitzsimmons clearly anticipated: "...We shall have the same battle to fight over again in our house Yet I have full confidence we shall carry it..." Indeed, in the end it was not John Adams' political acumen that pushed through the passage, but the grand bargain between Thomas Jefferson and Alexander Hamilton, in which Jefferson pledged southern support for Hamilton's Assumption bill in exchange for locating the federal capital in the south. Usual folds, else fine condition. Ex. Henry E. Luhrs Collection.

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