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    John Trumbull Autograph Letter Signed "Jno Trumbull", one page, 8" x 10", New York, April 18, 1816. John Trumbull is known as "The Painter of the Revolution." This letter is to his brother, David, in Lebanon, Connecticut. The letter reads in full: "Dear Brother - We send by Capt. Davison to the care of Jonathon, for W. Williams; the favorite little puppy. - James Watson wishes for the other which will be a large Dog. - this is far the most intelligent & playful, and we hope will replace Pompey in the good will of all the Family. - We are happy to hear that Sister & you got safely & pleasantly home & found all friends well there and on your way. - I understand your assistance is wanted in Dusy: & hope we shall see you here again soon. - Will you beg W. Williams to make his decision between Mr. Huntington & myself soon. - I long to have that affair settled. - Mrs. T joins in kindest wishes to Sister & yourself & I am truly yours." A wonderful, very personal family message with mention of two Signers of the Declaration of Independence, both from Connecticut: William Williams and Samuel Huntington. William Williams was an American merchant and political leader from Lebanon, Connecticut. He was a delegate for Connecticut to the Continental Congress in 1776, where he signed the Declaration of Independence. Samuel Huntington was a member of the Continental Congress, during that time he served on many Revolutionary War committees, signed the Declaration of Independence, and succeeded John Jay as president of the Congress. He was elected governor of Connecticut in 1786, an office to which he was reelected annually for eleven years. John Trumbull served in the Revolution, then studied in London with Benjamin West, under whose tutelage he painted the Battle of Bunker's Hill and the Death of General Montgomery in the Attack of Quebec. Many of his paintings had the most famous and historic Revolutionary War subjects and George Washington sat for him a number of times. He also painted the four Revolutionary War mural scenes which today still decorate the Rotunda of the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. The letter is in fine condition, written in dark brown ink, with usual folds present, and earlier collector notation present at the bottom. Comes complete with the integral address leaf.

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