George Washington Papers

[Diary entry: 23 August 1769]

23. Dined alone—Patcy unwell.

Patsy had “found little benefit” from taking the waters, but the Washingtons had decided to continue the experiment for another week or two in order to be sure there was no help for her here. The springs at this time were crowded with people from all walks of life seeking to restore their health. The waters, GW wrote to a friend, “are applied . . . in all cases, altho there be a moral certainty of their hurting in some. Many poor, miserable objects are now attending here, which I hope will receive the desired benefit, as I dare say they are deprivd of the means of obtaining any other relief, from their Indigent Circumstances” (GW to John Armstrong, 18 Aug. 1769, PHi: Gratz Collection).

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