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Fitch, John (1743-1798) to John Nicholson

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC04647 Author/Creator: Fitch, John (1743-1798) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 13 February 1793 Pagination: 1 p. : docket ; 31 x 21 cm.

Fitch, an inventor, suggests that Nicholson pay Mr. Stokes for use of Stokes' unspecified model. Instructs Nicholson, Comptroller-General of Pennsylvania, to take a receipt for this payment, which "may appear to a jury as a purchase" in case Stokes attempts to claim exclusive rights to the model. Includes a fragment possibly removed from this document with the notation "fragment text does not match document text."

Fitch is most noted for his creation of the steamboat.

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