George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 31 July 1769]

31. Set out with Mrs. Washington & Patcy Custis for the Frederick Springs. Dind at Wm. Car Lains, & lodgd at Mr. Chs. Wests.

The family was going to Warm Springs in order to test the efficacy of the waters in relieving Patsy’s epileptic fits (GW to John Armstrong, 18 Aug. 1769, PHi: Gratz Collection). GW had intended to leave on 27 July but had been delayed by other matters (GW to Jonathan Boucher, 13 July 1769, ford [3] description begins Worthington Chauncey Ford, ed. Letters of Jonathan Boucher to George Washington. Brooklyn, 1899. description ends , 12).

William Carr Lane and his brother James Lane (sometimes called James Jr.) owned the Newgate (sometimes called the Eagle) Tavern, one of the largest taverns in the Northern Neck at this time. It was on the Colchester road at Newgate, about 12 miles below Charles West’s ordinary, and was kept at this time by Robert Sanford and his wife Kerrenhappuck (mcdonald description begins Cornelia McDonald. A Diary with Reminiscences of the War and Refugee Life in the Shenandoah Valley, 1860–1865. Nashville, 1935. description ends , 472–73, 482–84).

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