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    Artist John Trumbull writes the Secretary of State that he is on the way to Washington with his painting, The Declaration of Independence, after first exhibiting it in Independence Hall

    John Trumbull Historic Autograph Letter Signed "J.T.," one page, 8" x 8". New York, January 5, 1819. To Secretary of State John Quincy Adams. Trumbull's retained copy; the letter he sent Adams is in the National Archives. In full, "After a detention of two weeks on my way from New York, I have the pleasure to acquaint you that I yesterday reached this place with my painting in perfect safety; - it is now on the Road for Phila when I shall meet it on Saturday morning. In that City I am offered the use of the room in which the Act passed, and shall avail myself at the offer to exhibit the picture for two weeks. I may be induced to stop for one at Baltimore, & shall reach Washington early in February, prepared to place the Picture in the Situation which may be determined upon. On referring to my Contract, you will observe that I am entitled to receive Six Thousand dollars, on the delivery of each of the four paintings. If it be necessary will you have the goodness to see that the proper provision is made for this purpose in the Act of Appropriation. Your Father did me the honor to look at my work in Faneuil Hall and I was delighted to find him in good health & in the perfect enjoyment of all his faculties to a degree I scarcely ever witnessed at his advanced age. I left him well." Contemporary note at bottom left in unknown hand: "namely the first/President Adams." John Adams was then 83-years-old. On February 6, 1817, it was "Resolved by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America, in Congress assembled, That the President of the United States be, and he is hereby, authorized to employ John Trumbull, of Connecticut, to compose and execute four paintings commemorative of the most important events of the American Revolution, to be placed, when finished, in the capitol of the United States."

    From Autobiography, Remin


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