Happy Valentines Day. It’s just a Hallmark Holiday but we’ll post for the trending hashtag. So here’s a letter from George Washington to Martha. In it he says the following line; “I retain an unalterable affection for you, which neither time or distance can change.” That’s sappy enough to share on Valentine’s Day.
Phila. June 23d 1775.
As I am within a few Minutes of leaving this City, I could not think of departing from it without dropping you a line; especially as I do not know whether it may be in my power to write again till I get to the Camp at Boston—I go fully trusting in that Providence, which has been more bountiful to me than I deserve, & in full confidence of a happy meeting with you sometime in the Fall—I have not time to add more, as I am surrounded with Company to take leave of me—I retain an unalterable affection for you, which neither time or distance can change, my best love to Jack & Nelly, & regard for the rest of the Family concludes me with the utmost truth & sincerity.
Letter found at MountVernon.org