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To George Washington from Richard Adamson, 2 July 1793

From Richard Adamson

July 2d 1793


I humbly Submit to your Excellency the inclos’d for your consideration,1 and, conscious as I am of the boldness of this Intrusion, I shall not add to my presumption by attempting an apology where none is adequate to the occasion.

I shall only therefore observe, that my distress is occasioned by a late Severe ilness, to shake off the Effects of which, I am advis’d to have recourse to the Berkley Springs,2 in which undertaking I humbly crave your Excellencys assistance. I have the honour to be, Sir—Your Excellency’s devoted And humble Servant.

Richard Adamson


1The enclosure has not been identified.

2This small settlement in Berkeley County, Va., was officially incorporated as the town of Bath in 1776, but it was more popularly known as Berkeley Springs (Va. Statutes [Hening] description begins William Waller Hening, ed. The Statutes at Large; Being a Collection of All the Laws of Virginia, from the First Session of the Legislature, in the Year 1619. 13 vols. 1819–23. Reprint. Charlottesville, Va., 1969. description ends , 9:247–49). It is now part of Morgan County, West Virginia. Its warm springs and mineral waters made it a popular health resort.

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