Philada Jany 3d 1781.
I yesterday had the Honor of receiving Your Excellencies Letter of the 23d Ulto and I should with pleasure have complyd exactly with your directions respecting the shirts, had it been in my power, but, previous to the receipt of your Orders those shirts had been pack’d into three cases, and forwarded to Trenton; and I find Mrs Bache, under whose care they were, has taken no account of the particular number in the respective cases, but as they are nearly of One size, they must contain between six & Seven hundred each. I have directed one of those cases to be sent to General Wayne or the Officer Commanding the Pennsya line near Morristown, the other two are to be forwarded immedeately to the Deputy Cloathier Genl at New burg, from whence Colonel shrieve I suppose can draw what is alotted to the Jersey line. I hope this part of my Conduct will meet with your Approbation. I am Your Excellencies Most Obedt and Most Humble servt
PHi: Gratz Collection.