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John Wood was captain of the Colrain, Massachusetts, militia company during the American Revolution and before that kept tavern in that town. This letter is written from the jail [gaol] in Northampton, Massachusetts. The reasons for Wood's arrest and imprisonment are not clear, but are likely due to debt. He allows that he is comfortable and has had a visit from his wife. He complains that he expects money from an Oliver Newell, but interrupts his lament when a dole of grog arrives at his cell. He then toasts Lt. Stewart with his daily ration.