To Colonel John Hoskins Stone
Valley forge February 8th 1778
On the 29th Ulto I received your favor of the 22d.
I have not the least objection to Lt Colo. Smiths taking the command of your Regiment till you or Lt Colo. Forrest are in a condition to appear in the Field—This I shall be happy to hear of.
I thank you much for your wishes for my honor & happiness, and you have mine very sincerely for your immediate & perfect recovery. I am Dr Sir with great regard Your Most Obedt servant
Df, in Robert Hanson Harrison’s writing, DLC:GW; Varick transcript, DLC:GW.