the details of which are preserved in a bitter Chancery suit, which young Anderson brought against him in 1821, shortly before his death in 1823.
Trumbull was something of a magpie. He appears to have kept everything in the way of correspondence, even quite ephemeral notes (there is one delightful one from Sir Thomas Newcomen of Killester, presenting him with a pineapple, but requesting the return of the crown). The papers cover the period from just before 1790 (when he built Beechwood) to 1823, when he died – an important thirty years in Irish and European history. Much of this history is reflected in the correspondence, all from the point of view of tobacco.
In business, Trumbull dealt with a network of 373 retailers (not necessarily simultaneously) all over the country, and the correspondence with these clients gives a fascinating picture of Irish commercial life during the period 1790 – 1814. This is a period of momentous political and economic events both in Ireland and abroad. Particularly interesting, not surprisingly, are the comments of Trumbull’s correspondents in such areas as Wexford and Mayo on the events of 1798. They deplore these events, as they were bad for business, one of them lamenting, “There isn’t a shilling in Castlebar”
Trumbull, himself, is unknown to history, but many of his correspondents and associates are famous – Arthur Guinness, David & Peter La Touche, Sir Thomas Newcomen, Sir Marcus & Richard Somerville – and they show the circle in which he moved, somewhat below the nobility and landed gentry, but comfortable near to the top of the business community.