Retold from a short memoir of Osterman-Tolstoy by his aide-de-camp Lazhechnikov (who should have totally written a book about him, considering what obvious fanboy he was).
Once, when living in St.-Petersburg after the war, Osterman received two letters: one from a woman whom he called a friend telling him of the death of her husband; the other from the commander of a Grenadier regiment who "adopted" Osterman's pet bear. The Count dictated the answers to Lazhechnikov, both started with the words "My dear friend" without their names. He signed them and telling him ther adresses, told him to seal the letters and post them. Lazhechnikov adressed the letters wrongly. The Count's female friend did not send a reply, but the regiment commander returned the letter noting that he must have received it by mistake. Fortunately for Lazhechnikov, Osterman did nothing except giving him that note to read with a very stony face.
OMG, I wish that woman did send a reply. XD Poor, poor Lazhechnikov. And yes, Osterman had some pet bears. :D (Also apparently he had a white eagle and a white crow. O_o )