To Brigadier General William Woodford
Head Quarters [Pa.] 13th October 1777
We are in the greatest want of Cartouch Boxes not only for the Militia but many of the Continental Troops. I therefore desire that you will immediately have all those collected that belong to the sick and send down immediately and if there are any more in any of the Stores in the Town, or that have been sent up for repair let them be sent down likewise. If there are any shot pouches or Powder Horns they will be very useful for the Militia, and may be sent. Let an account be kept from the Cartouches [that] are taken, that the soldiers may not be bl⟨amed⟩ for losing them when they come from the Hospital. I am Dear Sir Yr most obt Servt
Capt. Wilder is sent to bring down all the soldiers that can be spared and he will also see the Cartouch Boxes safe.1
LS, in Tench Tilghman’s writing, New College, Oxford University, England. “ Capt. Wilder” is written on the cover.
1. The bearer may be Jacob Lawes Wiler, or Wilder, who in February 1777 was appointed paymaster of the Pennsylvania State Regiment with the rank of captain.