Albany December 19: 1782.
I am honored with your Excellency letter of the 11th and have enquired of Mr Quackenbush the A.D.Q.M., about the bear Skins, he tells me that on the receipt of Col.. Pickering’s letter, he engaged the Skins and that they are now dressing at Saratoga. But as I know how little dependence is to be placed on that Quarter, I will endeavour to procure four of the very best from Skenecteda, where I am told there is plenty; If they should all come, there will be no harm done, as I shall want a Set of them for myself.
I am Glad to hear of Mrs Washingtons Arrival at your Excellencys Quarters it must help to Cheer the Gloom of the Northside of the Highlands; Lady Stirling, Kitty, & Miss Brown with much Affection desire their respectfull regards may be presented to her and to your Excellency; they promise themselves when good Sleying Comes a Jaunt as far as Claremont, and in the hope of meeting Mrs Washington there. permit me to trouble your Excellency with my most respectfull Regards also to Mrs Washington and to wish you all a Cheerfull & Merry Christmass. with very Sincere Affection I am your Excellency’s Most Humbe Servt
DLC: Papers of George Washington.