Love & Devotion – Valentine’s & President’s Day

Feb 13

Love & Devotion – Valentine’s & President’s Day

George and Martha Washington

In the next four days we celebrate two holidays that remind us of love and devotion: Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Day.  In the spirit of both holidays, we thought you might enjoy a few letters between George and Martha Washington. These two letters, as well as a quotation from Martha, reflect some of the precious remaining “love notes” that have been preserved between one of our nation’s most revered and devoted couples:

  • George to Martha on July 20, 1758: “We have begun our march to the Ohio. A courier is starting for Williamsburg, and I embrace the opportunity to send a few words to one whose life is now inseparable from mine. Since that happy hour when we made our pledges to each other, my thoughts have been continually going to you as to another Self. That All-powerful Providence may keep us both in safety is the prayer of your faithful and ever affectionate friend, G. Washington.”
  • George to Martha on June 23, 1775: “I retain an unalterable affection for you, which neither time or distance can change.”
  • Martha on returning to Mount Vernon with General Washington: “The General and I feel like children just released from school.” (Source: Beatrice Gormely, First Ladies, page 7.)
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