George Washington: The Forge of Experience, 1732-1775

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CHAPTER
17
Domestic Enjoyments

CONCERNING the marriage ceremony of George Washington and Martha Dandridge Custis nothing is known for certain except that it took place on January 6, 1759. 1 It was probably celebrated either at White House Plantation or the nearby Episcopal Church.

That some disagreement between the newly married couple became a subject of discussion and disapproval among their acquaintance in Williamsburg is shown by a letter which Governor Fauquier sent George a month and a day after the nuptials: "We all wish you and Mrs. Washington as well as you wish each other, in which perhaps you are not now on a par." 2

The bride had accompanied her husband to Williamsburg for his first session in the Assembly. His fellow Burgesses voted him their thanks for "his faithful services to His Majesty and this Colony, and for his brave and steady behavior from the first encroachments and hostilities of the French and their Indians, to his resignation after the happy reduction of Fort Duquesne." He is said to have risen and bowed and blushed; 3 certainly he was pleased, for it was for such recognition that he had labored; but in his heart he knew that the "happy reduction of Fort Duquesne" had made a fool of him: it had been achieved through methods of which he had loudly disapproved.

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