From Colonel John Bailey
December 24th 1777
May it Please your Excellency.
Lieut. Colonel Bedlam of my Regiment, having lost his Cloaths, in the Siege at Fort Stanwix. The officers & Soldiers of the Regiment, being in great want of Cloathing, Myself & the Major being Present Humbly request, that he may have a furlough, for the purpose of Procuring Cloathing for himself & Regiment.1 From Your Excellencys Most Obedent Humb. Servt
John Bailey Col.
ALS, DLC:GW. The cover is docketed in part “Colo. Wesson & Lt Colo. Badlam & Major Tubbs Furloughs Granted to 15 March.” James Wesson, Ezra Badlam, and Samuel Tubbs served in the 9th, 2d, and 14th Massachusetts regiments, respectively.