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ARCHIVE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S WRITINGS ON BERKELEY SPRINGS & VICINITY: 1788

3/27/88....GWP....Rumsey to Washington...

"Tomorrow morning I throw myself upon the wide world in pursuit of my plans, being no longer able to proceed upon my own foundations. I shall bend my course for Philadelphia where I hope to have it in my power to convince a Franklin and Rittenhouse of their utility by actual experiment."

5/15/88 ....GWP....Rumsey to Washington....

"When last I had the honor of writing to you, I was about setting out on a very uncertain expedition. I came to this place with an intention of establishing my prior right to the invention of the steamboat and have met with great oppozition from Mr. Fitch's company who seem to stop at nothing to carry their point. By advice of several friends we attempted a negotiation of the matter and I was met several times by deputies from his company in the course of which I offered to make an equal join of the matter with them which they refused, when all negotiations ceased.

I laid the draft of several machines before the Philosophical Society expecting thereby to secure such inventions to myself. Among the drafts was my new invented boiler for generating steam. My papers was in possession of his excellency Dr. Franklin several days before the day of meeting. But on that day, three other drafts was handed in of boilers on the same principples of mine but varyed as little in form. Two of these was a Mr. Voight's, a partner of Mr. Fitch's, the other by a person of influence, a teacher in the college. I found who it was by axedent. Inclosed you have the report of a committee of the Philosophical Society on the above mentioned meshines. Also the proposals of a plan I published to form a company and the names of the persons that has subscribed to it. When this was known, Mr. Fitch's party immediately sent a draft of the boiler to Europe, with letters and instructions to apply for a pattent for it. The gentlemen that formed my company was roused at such treatment and at the next meeting after the first formation of it, they subscribed 1000 dollars more for the express purpose of sending me to Europe and I am to set off in the morning. Dr. Franklin and a number of gentleman write letters by me to their friends in Europe. If you think Sir that you could with propriety mention me in a line the first opportunity to the Marquis La Fayette, Mr. Jefferson or any other gentlemen that you may think proper, the favor should always be gratefully remembered. Benjamin Vaughan Esqr, Jeffereys Square and Mr. Robert Barclay, Thrales Brewery, Southwark, London are to be two of my confidential friends. Docttr. Franklin is to name one or two more in his letters which I have not got yet but am to call on him in the evening for them.

PS If Mr. Hartshorne would give me credit for the boat and sum other small accounts that lie with him it would nearly pay what was collect for by the company before I came from home."

7/28/88....in Letter Book Washington wrote permit to Robert Hanson Harrison:

"The bearer hereof, the Honorable Judge Harrison of Maryland, is hereby authorized to take possession of houses and lotts in Town of Bath in the County of Berkeley and to have free and uninterrupted use of them during his stay at that place. Whoever may have them in care or occupation is requested to surrender them accordingly." WGW/F 30:25n

Washington was elected President of the United States in 1789 and served two terms until 1797.