Letter, George Washington to Martha Washington, June 23, 1775

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Letter, George Washington to Martha Washington, June 23, 1775


Correspondence between Martha and George Washington


This letter of one of only five surviving communications between George and Martha Washington. It was written several days after George’s previous letter explaining to Martha his decision to accept the Generalship of the Continental Army. In the letter, George expresses his affection for Martha and says that he looks forward to seeing her in the Fall. As it happened, George would not return to Mount Vernon for six years (image courtesy of Mount Vernon Ladies' Association).


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Phila. June 23d. 1775

My dearest,

As I am within a few minutes of leaving this City, I could not think of departing from it without dropping you a line, especially as I do not know whether it may be in my power to write you again till I get to the Camp at Boston - I go fully trusting in that Providence, which has been more bountiful to me than I deserve, & in full confidence of a happy Meeting with you sometime in the Fall - I have no time to add more, as I am surrounded with Company to take leave of me - I retain an unalterable affection for you, which neither time or distance can change. My best love to Jack & Nelly and regard for the rest of the Family concludes me with the utmost truth & sincerity,

Yr entire
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Mrs Washington
M Vernon



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George Washington, "Letter, George Washington to Martha Washington, June 23, 1775," in Martha Washington, Item #32, http://marthawashington.us/items/show/32 (accessed July 9, 2020).