From John Trumbull7
ALS: American Philosophical Society; AL (draft): Yale University Library
Bilbao 8th: December 1781.
I had the honor to receive your Excellency’s letter of the 26th: of last month, yesterday, and have in consequence drawn upon Mr. Grand this day for the amount you mention.
I beg leave to congratulate your Excellency upon the capture of Lord Cornwallis, & the very flattering situation of our Affairs in America.
Majr. Jackson requests me to present his best respects & wishes for your Excellency’s happiness, in which I assure you He is most sincerely join’d by your Excellency’s most Obedient & most humble servant
His Excelly: B Franklin Esqr.
Addressed: His Excellency / Benja. Franklin Esqr. / Passy
Notation: Trumbull. John. Dec. 10. 1781.
7. Trumbull would sail for America in mid-December aboard the Cicero, accompanied by William Jackson and JA’s son Charles. They arrived in Beverly, Mass., in late January: XXXV, 590; Theodore Sizer, ed., The Autobiography of Colonel John Trumbull, Patriot-Artist, 1756–1843 (New York, 1970), pp. 79–81; Adams Correspondence, IV, 272–3, 295.