George Washington Papers

From George Washington to Harriot Washington, 22 July 1796

Mount Vernon 22d July 1796

Dear Harriot,

The last Post brought me your letter of the 17th instant informing me of your Marriage the preceeding day with Mr Parks.

Far from being displeased at the event, I offer you my congratulations thereon; and sincerely wish it may prove the source of continual happiness to you. Much of this depends on your own disposition; on a prudent deportment towards your husband; and on the accomodation of your views to his circumstances. If the first are more extensive than the latter, it will involve both of you in difficulties; perhaps in ruin. always keep the old adage in remembrance—"Take your measure according to your cloth" and do not, because you may see others do so, (some because their fortunes enable them, and others because they are excited to it by vanity) endulge yourself either in dress, or a mode of living that will be productive of embarrasmt.

Having much company in the house at prest I have time only to add, that your Aunt, & Nelly Custis unite with me in best wishes for the happiness & prosperity of your self & Mr Parks; and that if it shd suit his business at any time, to make a visit here, while we are at home we should be glad to see you both at Mount Vernon. With great regard I remain—Your affecte Uncle

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