Author and TV News anchor Mary Calvi's debut novel, DEAR GEORGE, DEAR MARY: A Novel of George Washington’s First Love is based on the author’s fascinating historical detective work, which revealed a complicated love story featuring Yonkers own Mary Philipse and America’s first President.
Mary Calvi spent years as a child wondering about the heiress who once lived in the grand manor in her hometown of Yonkers, New York. She’d heard in passing that the heiress was courted by George Washington. Curiosity compelled Calvi to do her own research and what she uncovered stunned her. Never before has this story about George Washington been told.
Crafted from hundreds of letters, witness accounts, and journal entries, DEAR GEORGE, DEAR MARY explores George’s relationship with his first love, New York heiress Mary Philipse, the richest belle in Colonial America. Philipse would be named a traitor, one of only three woman condemned to death during the American Revolution. The three “traitors” were also the only women in New York to own property. Mary Philipse’s home, Philipse Manor, is the oldest historic site in Yonkers and all of Westchester County. Did her relationship with Washington lead to her losing her property? Did the unrequited love of a political rival spark a flame that ignited a cause that became the American Revolution?
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