From Jonathan Trumbull, Sr.
Lebanon [Conn.] 8th March 1777
I trouble you with the inclosed Papers lately sent to me—respecting Prisoners sentenced by Court Martial to Confinement in Simsbury Mines in this State & sent thither agreable to you[r] Excellency’s Order1—with an Account of Expences incurred for their Support &Ca I shall take it as a Favour in Behalf of the Comtee of P. Town if the Necessary Orders are given for the Refunding the Expences they have Occasioned2—& am with every Sentiment of Esteem & Regard Your Excellency’s most Obedient hble Servant
LS, DLC:GW; LB, Ct: Trumbull Papers. The text in square brackets was inadvertently left off the LS; it appears on the LB.
1. These enclosures have not been identified. The prison at Simsbury, Conn., known as the “Newgate of Connecticut,” had opened in 1773 at a site where copper had been mined since the early eighteenth century. The prison closed in 1827.
2. American Loyalists and British prisoners of war had been detained at Preston City, Conn., since the summer of 1776.