Beau Nash at Tunbridge Wells
be that, while to Bath, which was so far from the metropolis, people went there only when they intended to make a lengthy stay, to Tunbridge Wells, only a few hours from London, visitors often came only for a short time. The custom in question, therefore, which at Bath was agreeable, at Tunbridge would have been an unmitigated nuisance and a heavy tax on the time of the company.
Nash came every year to Tunbridge Wells before the season began so as to supervise the arrangements and to see that everything was in order, but he always went away immediately after the first ball-night was over. " I daresay he did so," Thicknesse remarked, in his Valetudinarian's Bath Guide, " to let the public see, how unwieldy and awkward the business went on without a Regulator." Though the increasing flow of visitors to Tunbridge Wells was in the natural order of things, there can be no question but that much of it was due to the arrangements made by Nash for the convenience and entertainment of the visitors. Many came, indeed, because Nash was there, and more than one authority remarks that the people who had become acquainted with him at Bath, were frequently