ARCHIVE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S WRITINGS ON BERKELEY SPRINGS & VICINITY: 1769
This was another long visit to the springs with his family filled with social engagements. The pages from Washington's diary are included following these entries.
6/18/69....to Burwell Bassett from Mt. Vernon....
"As we have come to a resolution to set off (if nothing unforseen happens to prevent it) for the Warm Springs about the 18th of next month, I do according to promise give you notice thereof, and should be glad of your company with us, if you still entertain thoughts of trying the effects of those waters..." WGW/F 2:511
GW Parke Custis in "Recollections of Mount Vernon" prints a fascimile of Washington's accounting of expenses of this trip.
"At home all day preparing for my journey to the Springs."
"Set out with Mrs. Washington and Patcy Custis for the Frederick Springs. Dined at Wm. Car Lains, and lodged at Mr. Chs. West's."
8/3/69 -- 9/9/69 ....GWD...duration of visit to Warm Springs. (copy from Diaries follows.)
8/18/69 letter to Col. John Armstrong sent from Fredk Warm Springs:
"About a fortnight ago I came to this place with Mrs. Washington and her daughter, the latter of whom being troubled with a complaint, which the efficacy of these waters it is thought might remove, we resolved to try them, but have found little benefit as yet from the experiment. What a week or two more may do, we know not, and therefore are inclined to put them to the test....."
".....that you stand in no need of assistance from these springs which I find are applied to in all cases, although there be a moral certainty of them hurting in some. Many poor miserable objects are now attending here, which I hope will receive the desired benefit, as I dare say they are deprived of the means of obtaining any other relief, from their indigent circumstances." WGW-F 2:521
August 1769 - page one (.pdf)
August 1769 - page two (.pdf)
August 1769 - page three (.pdf)
Aug/Sept 1769 (.pdf)