Royal Tunbridge Wells
let out by the season, by Mr. Grattan, the master of the Gloucester Tavern : It is the best lodging-house hereabouts, and was built by Lord Egmont, who, growing tired of the situation, sold it at a considerable loss. The Assembly-rooms, lodgings, and indeed all conveniences, were formerly not so good, nor anything like so neat, as they are at present. . . . There are apartments now to be found, even upon the walks, fit for people of the first fashion. Every body, who has seen the house of Mr. Baker, the bookseller, will allow of this." Thus Samuel Derrick in his Letters of 1762; and four years later Burr gave similar testimony. " The place itself," he said, " is now in a very flourishing state, with a great number of good houses for lodgings, and all necessary accommodation for company; its customs are settled, its pleasures regulated, its markets and other conveniences fixed, and the whole very properly adapted to the nature of a place, which is at once designed to give health and pleasure to all its visitants." In consequence of the improvement of the place the flow of visitors increased yearly.
If Richard Cumberland, of whom something will presently be said, was the resident of 98