From Lieutenant Colonel Tench Tilghman
[New Windsor, New York, April 27, 1781]
My dear Hamilton
Between me and thee there is a Gulph, or I should not have been thus long without seeing you.1 My faith is strong, but not strong enough to attempt walking upon the Waters. You must not suppose from my dealing so much in scripture phrases, that I am either drunk with Religion or with Wine, tho’ Had I been inclined to the latter, I might have found a jolly Companion in My Lord who came here yesterday.
We have not a word of News. Whenever any arrives worth communicating, and good, you shall have it instantly; if bad, I will not promise so much dispatch.
I must go over and see you soon, for I am not yet weaned from you nor do I desire to be. I will not present so cold Words as Compliments to Mrs. Hamilton. She has an equal share of the best wishes of Yr most affectionate
27th. April 1781
ALS, Hamilton Papers, Library of Congress.
1. Tilghman was at New Windsor, and H was at De Peyster’s Point, which was on the east bank of the Hudson River, opposite New Windsor. De Peyster’s Point is now called Dennings Point.
H probably moved to De Peyster’s Point, where he was joined by Elizabeth Hamilton, in the middle of April. On at least one occasion, however, he subsequently returned to New Windsor to assist Washington.