George Washington Papers

To George Washington from Henry Knox, 17 December 1782

West Point Dec. 17 1782.

My dear General

last evening I received your Excellencys favor respecting a sleigh, and inclosing the paroles and countersigns to the 22d instant. The sleigh shall be put in train immediately and finished with all possible expedition. The painting I am apprehensive will take the most time. From enquiry it appears that the most approved method of making the sliders, is to have them about [six] inches curved in the whole length, a greater [would render the] riding unpleasant—were there any rough [places] on the road, as the joltings, would be more sensibly experienced, than when the curve is small, and extended the [whole] length of the runner—I think, if it was covered, with a painted canvass, in the manner of your Excellencys barge, with baize curtains it would be a considerable addition, to keep of the wind, If your Excellency should be of the same opinion we can easily put on the canvas top here, and [   ] for the curtain.

MHi: Henry Knox Papers.

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