Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from John Trumbull, 25 February 1784

From John Trumbull

ALS: American Philosophical Society

London February 25th. 1784.


Mr Vanderhurst of Bristol2 inform’d me yesterday that your Excellency had express’d great concern at the relation which He gave you of the State in which I left Doctr Cooper of Boston.— and that you was anxious to be inform’d with certainty.

The enclos’d paragraph cut from a Boston paper of the 5th. of January, which I receiv’d this evening, gives the melancholy confirmation of what we had heard several Days from report.—& leaves no doubt that America has lost that truly eminent Character.3

It would be arrogant in me to offer you consolation; but I may join you in lamenting the death of a friend whom you so justly esteem’d.

I have the Honor to be with the warmest sentiments of Respect. Your Excellency’s most Obedient Humble servant.

Jno. Trumbull

His Excelly. B. Franklin Esqr.

Addressed: His Excellency / Benjamin Franklin Esquire / Ambassador of the United States of America / at Versailles / Passy

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

2For Vanderhorst’s return to London see Roberdeau to BF, Feb. 26.

3The Boston Gaz. of Jan. 5, 1784, described Samuel Cooper’s final illness, death, and funeral.

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