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ARCHIVE OF GEORGE WASHINGTON'S WRITINGS ON BERKELEY SPRINGS & VICINITY: 1796

There is no indication in any of Washington's writings that he visited Bath in 1796 while he was still President. His comments about the current state of life at the springs is interesting and must have derived from reports others gave him since we have no record of him paying a sopcial visit after 1784.

7/16 Latrobe Journals on visit to Mount Vernon and conversation with Washington.

....."the conversation turned upon Bath to which they were going. He said he had known the place when there was scarce a house upon it fit to sleep in. That the accommodations were he believed very good at present. He thought the best thing a family regularly visiting Bath could do, would be to build a house for their separate accommodation, the expence of which might be 200 pounds. He has himself a house there, which he supposes must be going to ruin. Independent of his public situation the encreased dissipation and frequency of visitors would be an objection to his visiting it again, unless the health of himself or family should render it necessary. At first THAT was the motive, he said, that induced people to encounter the badness of the roads and the inconvenience of the lodgings, but at present, few, he believed, in comparison to the whole number, had health in view. Even those whose object it was, were interrrupted in their quiet by the dissipation of the rest. This, he observed, must naturally be the case in every large collection of men, whose minds were not occupied by any pressing business or personal interest."