I have understood that his [George Augustine's] addresses to Fanny
were made with your consent--I now learn that he is desirous, and
she is willing, to fulfil the engagement they have entered into;
and that they are applying to you for permission to do so.
It has ever been a maxim with me, through life, neither to promote,
nor to prevent a matrimonial connection, unless there should be
something, indispensably requiring interference in the latter. I
have always considered Marriage as the most interesting event of
ones life. The foundation of happiness or misery. To be instrumental
therefore in bringing two people together who are indifferent to
each other, & may soon become objects of disgust, or to prevent
a union which is prompted by the affections of the mind, is what
I never could reconcile with reason, & therefore neither directly,
nor indirectly have I ever said a syllable to Fanny, or George,
upon the Subject of their intended connection: but as their attachment
to each other seems of early growth, warm, & lasting, it bids fair
for happiness. If therefore you have no objec[tion,] I think, the
sooner it is consummated the better.
I have just now informed them both (the former through Mrs Washington)
that it is my wish they should live at Mount Vernon.