To Colonel Theodorick Bland
Camp at Ramapaugh [N.J.] July the 24th 1777
The Enemy’s Fleet having left Sandy Hook and gone to Sea, you are requested to proceed forthwith with the Regiment under your Command to the City of Philadelphia and Receive directions from the Commanding Officer there. You will take no Heavy Baggage with you, but leave it to follow under the Care of an Officer & proper Guard. I am Sir Yr Most Ot Servant
Df, in George Lewis’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW. Col. Stephen Moylan apparently transmitted this letter to Bland on 25 July (see Moylan to Bland, 25 July, in Campbell, Bland Papers description begins Charles Campbell, ed. The Bland Papers: Being a Selection from the Manuscripts of Colonel Theodorick Bland, Jr., of Prince George County, Virginia. 2 vols. Petersburg, Va., 1840-43. description ends , 61–62).