This "Appeal to a Generous Public" appeared in a Boston newspaper after Bulfinc'hs bankruptcy:
The feelings of our fellow-citizens of this town, are arrested by the recent, and unhappy embarrassments of one of its best supporters. To effect a relief from his present perplexity, should be the first object of this community, which, by his generous and spirited exertions, have been greatly benefited. Could not some methods be devised, which might extricate, from immediate difficulty, that liberal protector, that noble patron of the fine arts? Mr. B. (we all know) has sacrificed the best part of his time, nay, his interest also, in ornamenting and beautifying the town -- and shall he be suffered to remain in this involved situation, without receiving from that town, a helping hand? Since he fails in a public cause, shall he not from the public find redress?"
Columbian Centinnel, January 27, 1796.