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.