Lead:  In the mid-1750s, the young and dashing militia officer, George Washington fell in love with the wife of one of his best friends.

Intro: A Moment in Time with Dan Roberts.

Content: Sally Cary Fairfax came from one of the oldest families in Virginia. She was articulate and cultured, a handsome woman with a sparkling personality who lived with her husband George William Fairfax at Belvoir, the Fairfax estate not far from Mount Vernon, the home Washington had inherited from his half-brother. Their correspondence began in the spring of 1755 and over a three years span letters found their way to and from Washington who was posted to various military forts on the frontier. Their notes, often sent through third parties, were very discreet, but little was left to the imagination. She had captured his heart and was herself taken by this young man. Once when her husband was in England and George was alone and convalescing from a protracted illness at Mount Vernon, he wrote her a long and intricate letter, filled with caveats and on the surface innocent statements. Perhaps, but the stated purpose of the letter was just to borrow a recipe for jelly. In a letter sent to Belvoir from Fort Cumberland shortly before his marriage to Martha Custis, he wrote, "you have drawn me, my dear Madam into an honest confession of a simple fact,...The world has no business to know the object of my love, delcard in this manner to you..."

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