Young Washington’s infatuation / Young Washington’s wife *
Charming, well-read and beautiful, Sally Cary Fairfax (picture one), the wife of Washington’s good friend and former travel partner George William Fairfax, utterly captivated Young Washington. They carried on a covert correspondence, with one letter written just before Washington headed into the wilderness for a decisive battle reading, “the World has no business to know the object of my Love, declared in this manner to- you when I want to conceal it.” *
When he wrote this, his courtship of Martha Dandridge Custis (picture two), one of Virginia’s wealthiest widows, was already underway. Only a few months after professing his love to Sally Fairfax, the twenty-six year-old Colonel Washington emerged from the wilderness, quit the military, and married Martha, with whom he would remain for the rest of his life.
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