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ARCHIVE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S WRITINGS ON BERKELEY SPRINGS & VICINITY: 1794

3/16/94 to Robert Lewis.....

"you have not informed me yet ...of house conditions...in town of Winchester and Bath and my land above the latter." WGW/F 33:295

5/18/94 to Robert Lewis....

"With respect to my lots in Bath, something ought to be done with them. The buildings thereon, together with the lots, stand me in at least 200 pounds: but whether common interest can be obtained in a rent for them, you, who know the state of things in that quarter can judge better of than I am able to do; and therefore I leave it to you, to act for me as you would for yourself. If they were even to let to some one who would keep the buildings in repair it would be more desireable by far than, without a tenant, or some person to take care of them, to suffer them to fall to ruin.

I do not know whether I clearly understand your proposition of an exchange of the land on Potomac for a lot in Berkeley County. The first contains 240 acres instead of 140, as mentioned in your letter; 200 of which is rich river bottom, which must, as the navigation of the river improves, become extremely valuable from the produce it is capable of; besides the fine black walnuts which grow thereon, and would fetch a good sum at the Federal City; if others can be restrained from pifering them..." WGW 33:370

8/10/94.... to Burges Ball from German Town....

"I am sorry to hear that your bad state of health requires the waters of Bath, but hope they will restore you." WGW/F 33:462

8/31/94 ....to Robert Lewis....

"I am very well satisfied with what you have done with my property in Winchester, Bath and on Potomac River but wish you had mentioned the terms on which you had offered the latter, and whether there was no condition made with the tenant at Bath, that if I should want the house for myself, or a friend, during the season of resort to the waters, it was to be cleared and got in order for me or for such friend, without such reservation I might as well be without house. Nor do I recollect (not having your letters by me) whether you have, in any of them mentioned in what condition they are. They cost me 150 pounds cash to build them." WGW/F 33/487.

In what may have been Washington's final visit to Bath, he was traveling with his Secretary of the Treausury, Alexander Hamilton to deal with armed conflict in western Pennsylvania known as the Whiskey Rebellion.

10/14/94 GWD

...."we breakfasted at one -- 13 miles on our way and crossing the Potomac a mile or two below Hancock Town, lodged at the Warm Springs , or Bath...."

10/15/94 GWD

...."Left Bath by seven oclock; and crossing the Cacapeton Mountain, and the Potomack River by a very rough road..."