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Royal Tunbridge Wells
Beau, " and which has a real historical import­ance as reflecting and sustaining the pacific habits that were growing in society." His legislation, in other ways, tended to eradicate the distance between the various classes of folk who went to Bath. Then, the upper classes and the wealthy citizens formed two camps, entirely independent of each other. This, clearly, did not make for sociability, and Nash devoted all his energies to breaking down these barriers. He made aristocrat and demo­crat dance together : he broke down at least the outer barriers that had been erected. The consequence of his action was more far-reaching than probably he ever dreamt, and some sociologist of the future may find in it one of the first movements towards the more sympathetic attitude subsequently held by those born in the purple towards those less fortunately placed in society.
Nash did not, of course, become omnipotent without some trouble, but from the first he was very firm, and would tolerate no infringe­ment of his regulations. " Mr. Nash," wrote the author of The Life of Timothy Ginnadrake, " never suffered any of the company to make innovations in the amusements, nor the band 144
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