Newburgh June 11th 1783
Your favor of the 28th of May in answer to my Letter of the 15th of the same Month, is at hand. I shall rely upon your care & attention for the purchase of the Articles mentioned in the lattr—those most wanted, & which are most essential to me are the Blankets & Ticklinburg for my Negros and these are not in immediate demand.
Apropos, did I not when the Army was leaving the Cantonment of Middle Brook, in June 1779, put a Theodelite into your care to be conveyed to Mr Rittenhouse to receive some Repairs? It is like a dreame to me; You, or Mr Irskine, I am not sure which undertook this business; & I have not heard since what was done with the Instrumt. Will you be so good as to enquire whether it ever reached Mr Rittenhouse—& to prevail on him to afford it the necessary repairs without delay if he has it.
My Complimts, in which Mrs Washington joins, is offered to Mrs Biddle & I am Dr Sir Yr Most Obedt Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.