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To George Washington from Colonel John Bailey, 24 December 1777

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.

1Maj. Gen. Johann Kalb wrote GW on 23 Dec. recommending that some officers be sent to Massachusetts to procure clothing. The major of Bailey’s 2d Massachusetts Regiment was Andrew Peters.

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