Lead:  The wife of Thomas Jefferson never served as first lady.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Martha Wayles Skelton was a wealthy young widow in 1770 when the tall gangly red-haired Thomas Jefferson began the courtship that would lead to their marriage. She played the harpsichord, he the violin and this mutual love of music brought them closer as the months passed. After their wedding on New Year's Day in 1772 they left her home near Williamsburg, Virginia traveling by carriage the 100 miles to Monticello. On the way a powerful snowstorm forced them to switch to horseback having o negotiate drifts sometimes 18 inches deep. They came to the all-but-deserted house after the servants had gone to bed. Later both would remember the "horrible dreariness of such" a homecoming and the welcome relief of a half-filled bottle of wine. Martha Jefferson was home

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