Camp Tyler West Point
My Dear Cousin,
A few moments of leisure time presenting an opportunity of writing to you I hasten to embrace it, for amid many the duties imposed upon me since my arrival here I have scarcely had time to think of relatives or friends who I have left enjoying the pleasure of each others company, while myself a vagabond upon the Earth where not a face that I had ever seen is ready to give me welcome, seemingly as it were lost among a wilderness of human beings whose situation is similar to my own, to use the Poet’s phrase, “a band of banished brothers” and a warmer hearted and noble minded company of young men can not I venture to say be found on the world.
I am at this time enjoying God’s greatest gift to man “good health” may this find you one and all like blest. I had a pleasant and agreeable journey indeed arriving here on the fourteenth day from the time I left home which was the twentieth of May tarrying three days in Washington City and one day in New York and Philadelphia each.