To Thomas Ringgold Tilghman
Mount Vernon May 10th 1786
Being at Richmond when your favor of the 22d Ulto came to this place, is the reason of its having lain so long unacknowledged. I delayed not a moment after my return, to discharge the Ball[anc]e of your deceased Brother’s acct against me, to Mr Watson, according to your request.
As there were few men for whom I had a warmer friendship, or greater regard than for your Brother—Colonel Tilghman—when living; so, with much truth I can assure you, that, there a⟨re⟩ none whose death I could more sincerely have regretted. and I pray you, & his numerous friends to permit me to mingle my sorrows with theirs on this unexpected & melancholy occasion—and that they would accept my compliments of condolence on it, I am—Sir Yr most Obedt Hble Servt
ALS, NN: Lee Kohns Memorial Collection; LB, DLC:GW.