first payment, whereupon GW wrote him several letters demanding payment in no
uncertain terms. He never received payment of any kind. GW's executors collected nothing
and no suit was ever instituted. Welch seems to have been released from the transaction and
his collateral refunded. The lands were finally distributed to the devises as provided in GW's
will. Diaries, 6:270, 272, 274, 319, 346-47; Prussing, p. 119-21, 464-75.
From Jonathan Trumbull
Lebanon, Dec. 30, 1799
Among the number of those who will approach you with their
expressioins of Condolence, on the afflicting event of the much to be
lamented Death of your most respected & Honorable Consort, there is no
one who will do it with more tender, sincere & affectionate regard on this
solemn & distressing occasion, than the writer of this letter.
You know too well Madam, the high respect, & affectionate regard,
which I ever entertained for the illustrious Deceased to need any
assurances of the deep affliction & sympathy which I felt on this very
mournful Event. A second Father, as he has been, in many respects to me,
- his Death has opened afresh the deeply impressed Wound, which the
Loss of my first venerable parent had formerly occasioned.
2 But he is gone
and our Duty, however hard it may be at the first instance, is to Bow
submissive to the Divine Will -- His own words, written to me on a similar
occasion (the Death of my Father) are so peculiarly consolatory at the
moment, and are also so particularly consolatory at this moment, and are
also so particularly applicable to my subject as well as to himself that I am
impelled to give them to you without apology, etc.
ALS. Location unknown.
Letter sold in the Hale Hunter Sale, Anderson Galleries, Sale No. 1270, January 25-26, 1917, item 371.
Jonathan Trumbull, Jr. ( 1740-1809) was the son of Jonathan Trumbull ( 1709-1784) and Faith Robinson Trumbull. He held various appointments in the Continental Army and was
named secretary to General Washington in 1781. He was a staunch Federalist. In the new
government under the Constitution Trumbull served in the First, Second, and Third
Congresses and was Speaker of the House of Representatives. He served as governor of Connecticut from 1797 until 1809.
Jonathan Trumbull ( 1710-1785) was a leading patriot of the Revolution. He served as
governor of Connecticut from 1769-1784. He was also the father of John Trumbull, the artist. Writings, 28:283.
From Jedidiah Huntington
New London, 31st December 1799
(answd Jany 15 1800 by T. Lear)
Accept, dear Madam, my Condolence for the Loss of the best of Men
- although the Part I take, in this sore and extensive Calamity, will appear
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Publication year: 1994.
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