It is also interesting to note, that at a meeting of the Governor and Council of Safety at Lebanon, Saturday July 29, 1780, this letter of Lafayette is mentioned, "Order drawn to the Pay-Table to draw on the Treasurer in favour of Mr. Sam. Gay, for going express to Hartford to carry a letter from the Marquiss DeLaFayette to General Washington -- viz, expence -- 7/6 -- horse 10/ -- himself 6/. One pound three shillings and six pence new emitted bills to be charged to the United States."
Lafayette wrote the letter, quoted above, in the Governor Jonathan Trumbull House (pictured below) on West Town Street, owned and maintained by the Connecticut Daughters of the American Revolution. Gov. Jonathan Trumbull, Sr. inherited the house in 1755 upon the death of his father, Captain Joseph Trumble, Sr., Patriarch of the Trumble/Trumbull family of Lebanon, Connecticut. Captain Joseph Trumble, Sr. had the house built in 1735/40. The House originally stood on the corner of Town Street and the Colchester Road (Route 207), facing the Colchester Road. The Trumbull family store which later became the "War Office" stood on the West side of the house also facing the Colchester Road. The house was moved to its current location in 1824, and the War Office was moved twice, first in 1824, and again in 1844 to its present location, also on West Town Street.
The Governor Jonathan Trumbull House
4. The Public Records of the State of Connecticut, from May, 1780, to October, 1781, inclusive, with the Journal of the Council of Safety from May 15, 1780 to December 27, 1781, inclusive, and an Appendix, compiled by Charles J. Hoadly, LL.D., State Librarian, Hartford, 1922, pg. 140.