Most single ladies would generally be thrilled with a comparison to Queen Bey in any way, shape or form, but the cutesy nicknames for politically-engaged women need to stop. Surely pundits and the political media culture can deal with the collective electoral power of the majority voting bloc in this country in some better way than symbolically calling us “sweetheart”, complete with head pat. — Jessica Valenti: Nick-naming women ‘Beyoncé voters’ is exactly why we don’t vote Republican (via guardian)
I went into the kitchen to get carrots but I came out with chocolate and that basically sums up all my intentions in life
ladyhistory asked: HELLO GEORGE WASHINGTON EXPERT! :D I want to read a book by Mary Higgins Clark called "Mount Vernon Love Story" which is a historical fiction account of George and Martha, but I don't know how accurate it is. Since Martha burned all/most(?) of their letters, what do we actually know about their relationship/romance?? Any insight would be awesome, thanks! :)
Hi! I’m so glad you are continuing to read about Washington. I have a signed copy of this book, although it has been years since I read it. Mount Vernon sent it to donors that pledged a certain amount of money for some project of theirs. So, the people at Mount Vernon like it. I remember enjoying it.
Their marriage was a very happy one. They had a very short engagement which wasn’t out of the ordinary back then as you know. Washington was Martha’s second husband. Her first husband Daniel Custis was very, very wealthy and she and their two surviving children were the last of the line so she was a very wealthy widow. I mention this not as a cause of Washington’s interest (although I’m sure it was considered), but because of this wealth, Martha was able to marry for love. He was about 27 years old when they married. He already had quite a bit of fame and was a very eligible bachelor, the catch of the colony, by the time he decided to court Martha. He had plenty of other options, but he chose her.
She had a way of making him feel loved and content and theirs grew into a very deep love,each considering the other as their best friend. They were partners in every sense of the word. I think Mount Vernon Love story is rather accurate in this point.
There are several books that are very good. ”The General and Mrs. Washington” by Bruce Chadwick and a biography, “Martha Washington: An American Life” by Patricia Brady are both informative and engaging. There is a great video of Patricia Brady speaking. I will try to find it and send you a link to the video or just post the link on my blog. It would be great for you to watch before you start “Mount Vernon Love Story.”
*FLAILS* UGH I NEED ALL THE GEORGE/MARTHA THINGS NOW. THEY SOUND ADORABLE AS HECK.
Thanks so much for the reply, dear! I’m swinging by a bookstore tomorrow and need more Washington reading as I’m about to finish a biography :D