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A Dishonest Confession by Steve Payne

Author says: what if the affair with Sally Cary Fairfax had been exposed by the Custis family? Please note that the opinions expressed in this post do not necessarily reflect the views of the author(s).

In 1758, following the discovery of his love letter to Sally Cary Fairfax, disgraced twenty-six year-old Colonel George Washington fled Virginia with the angry family members of his jilted fiancee Martha Dandridge Custis on his heels.

A notorious society climber who had been engaged for just four months to the richest widow in Virginia, Washington had pursued a decidedly inappopriate relationship with the wife of his close friend and neighbor at Mount Vernon, George William Fairfax. And he had rather unwisely confessed the crime in writing with the damning words "You have drawn me, dear Madame, or rather have I drawn myself into an honest confession of a simple fact". Unsurprisingly, the view of the Curtis family was that this secret letter was anything but an honest confession.

A social outcaste, Washington found his way to England. Ironically, he would later return to the Americas in the forces of King George III sent to stamp down on another form of disloyalty known as the troubles in the Colonies.

Author says the idea for this story originated from the source article Fleming, Thomas. "George Washington in love: the vivacious Sally Fairfax stole the young man's heart long before he met Martha" published in American Heritage magazine, Fall 2009 Edition
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