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NOTES ON THE TEXT 7 On a Youthful Attachment. The identity of the "
Lowland Beauty " is uncertain, as Washington seems to have been an
impressionable youth. It is probable that 'the reference is to Lucy
Grymes, later wife of Henry Lee, mother of " Legion Harry," and
grandmother of Robert E. Lee. " His Lordship" was Lord Thomas
Fairfax, for whom Washington made his first surveying expedition. 8
Journey to the Ohio. This journey was undertaken under the orders
of Governor Dinwiddie, to warn the French to cease their
aggressions on the Ohio. Gist was a famous Indian trader and
fighter. 9 Application for a Commission. Washington was appointed
second in command in the expedition against Fort Duquesne, and took
control on the disability of Colonel Fry. 10 Governor Dinwiddie.
Governor of Virginia 1752-58. 12 Fight at Great Meadow. This
engagement was the first bloodshed in the French and Indian War.
Early in July Washington was surrounded by a much superior force
and compelled to surrender and withdraw to Virginia. 14, Proposal
to become a Candidate. Washington was not elected to the Virginia
House of Burgesses until 1758. 15 Braddock's Defeat. Washington did
not mention that it was his coolness and the bravery of the
despised Colonial Militia that saved the ill-fated expedition from
utter destruction. 17 Distress on the Frontier. From 1755 to 1758
Washington was in command of the frontier posts in Virginia. His
experience was of enormous advantage to himin his later career.
John Robinson was Speaker of the House of Burgesses and Treasurer
of the Colony. 31 To His Betrothed. Washington met Martha Dan-
dridge, widow of Daniel Parke Custis, in the spring of 1758, and
proposed and was accepted at their second meeting. The marriage
took place January 6, 1759- It is...
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