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In a letter dated 1758, George Washington writes:

Tis true, I profess myself a Votary to Love—I acknowledge that a Lady is in the Case...

I feel the force of her amiable beauties in the recollection of a thousand tender passages…

…the World has no business to know the object of my Love…


Excerpts from Washington biographies:

Henry Cabot Lodge, 1889: “He was dined and wined in Philadelphia, and again in New York, where he fell in love at apparently short notice with heiress Mary Philipse…”

Jared Sparks, 1843: “The charms of this lady made a deep impression upon the heart of the Virginia Colonel.”

Washington Irving, 1855: “That he was an open admirer of Miss Philipse is an historical fact.”


Poem written in Washington’s journal, 1749-1750:

From your bright sparkling Eyes, I was undone;

Rays, you have, more transparent than the sun,

Amidst its glory in the rising Day,

None can you equal in your bright arrays;

Constant in your calm and unspotted Mind;

Equal to all, but will to none Prove kind,

So knowing, seldom one so Young, you’l Find.

Ah! woe’s me, that I should Love and conceal,

Long have I wish’d, but never dare reveal,

Even though severely Loves Pains I feel;

Xerxes that great, was’t free from Cupids Dart,

And all the greatest Heroes, felt the smart.