Boston: State of Massachusetts, 1833. First Edition. 4to, 2 pp, 10 ½ x 8 ½ inches. Some foxing and wear, small read mark to recto, small tears at folds, very good minus overall, very presentable. Very Good. Item #List01126
The Massachusetts State Lunatic Hospital opened in 1833, designed to accommadate 120 patients. Within the first year, 164 patients were admitted, and the eventual overcrowding of the facility led to the construction of a new asylum on Belmont Street in 1870. The movement to create the asylum began in 1829 when Horace Mann of Dedham was put in charge of a committee to examine the presence of ‘lunatics’ in jails and almhouses throughout the state. This proclamation by Governor Levi Lincoln directs that: “all Lunatics, who by virtue of the Statutes of 1797, ch. 62, and 1816, ch. 28, are subject to confinement under process of Law, are to be committed to the custody of the Superintendent of said State Lunatic Hospital at Worcester.” Unrecorded in OCLC.