From Lucy Ludwell Paradise
London Oct. the 7th. 1789
A thousand thanks for your thousand friendly actions during your Stay in Europe. God bless and preserve you in health, and prosperity for the Sake of your dear Daughters and next for your Country and Fellow Citizens of which last I have the honour to place Myself. This letter is brought by our excellent friend Mr. Trumbull. I hope he will meet with the attentions from America that his Merit deserves. Mr. P. has been perfectly Sober ever since his arrival in England which Makes me hope he never will be otherwise again. I have taken the liberty to tell My Steward to consult your Excellency concerning the raising My Estates. Any advise you will give him will be another Mark of your friendship. My affectionate love to your dear Daughters, and tell them I hope they will write to Me often. I beg you will take the trouble to present our respects to General Washington and his Lady and to Mr. & Mrs. Adams and Family &c. &c., and accept the Same yourself. Adieu Dear Sir. I am Your Grateful Friend and Humble Servt.,
Please to direct to Messrs. Anderson & Co. Merchants America Square Minories London.
RC (DLC); endorsed and recorded in SJL as received at Monticello on 1 Jan. 1790.
Although Trumbull remembered at Cowes to hand TJ Mrs. Cosway’s letter of 9 Oct. 1789, he did not transmit the present one until he wrote TJ on 26 Nov. 1789, a letter also received on 1 Jan. 1790: Trumbull’s failure to allude to the enclosure suggests that the delay arose from a kindly discretion rather than from a lapse of memory.