Camp near Springfield 18th June 1780.
A Trunk of mine No. 4 (which the inclosed Key will open) is not more than half filled. I intended to have compleated the package with my Bed blankets, but on enquiry, found they had been sent down to the Marquis (which I am sorry for, as I hardly expect to see them again, or much dirtied if I do). Under these circumstances I wish you to fill the Trunk No. 4 with the best of those blankets which were drawn from the public stores as well for the purpose of preventing injury from the loose state they are [now] in, as to secure some covering for me against the Winter—The remainder of those Blankets I would also have detained subject to my order only as there may be in the course of the Campaign & our intercourse with our Allies, occasion for them.
Pray send us (if it is not already done) such things as are necessary for our tolerable comfort, & convenience at this place, & nothing more. The rest to be in waggons—With much esteem & regard—I am Dr Gibbs Yrs
Write again to Cheever abt. the Plates—& to Phila for what things are wanted.
If my Watch which was sent to Mrs Washington is done, pray let it—& the Chain which is in the hands of Colo. Blaine be sent to me by a careful hand. The Pipe of [spirits] you recd the other day is a p[resent to] me from Mr R. Morris & othe[ ] very fine.
DNA: RG 15—Veterans Administration.