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A HISTORY OF THE ASYLUMS FOR THE INSANE IN MICHIGAN

BY HENRY M. HURD, M. D.

Upon the 28th day of February, 1848, Governor Ransom, in a special message, recommended that "provision should be made for the establishment of a hospital for the insane, and an asylum for the deaf and dumb, at the earliest period consistent with the existing obligations of the State. We are invoked, " he says, "by every principle of humanity to provide for the alleviation of the condition of these unfortunate classes of our citizens, with the least possible delay. "The superintendents of the poor of Kent county, in their report to the secretary of state for 1847, say: "We have an insane person at Battleboro, Vt., asylum and two here. Would it not be well for the state to found an asylum for this important class?" The superintendents of the poor of Saginaw county in a similar report say: "The amount of the $286.42, except the sums mentioned under the appropriate heads in the report, and except also the sum of $58.70 paid the two remaining paupers, was expended in fitting out A. K. Smith to the insane hospital at Utica, X. Y., and in supporting him while there. The superintendents are aware that there exists no provision of law authorizing them to send said Smith to another state, but in doing so they acted under the recommendation and advice of the board of supervisors of the county. Smith became a county charge in consequence of insanity, and we are happy to state he has been, as we hope, permanently cured. He is no longer a county charge. "
tit is interesting to follow the course of legislation upon the establishment of asylums during the session of 1848 and to observe the growth of public sentiment. Upon the 22d day of January, 1848, State Senator J. B. Fitzgerald, of St. Joseph, Berrien county, offered the following resolution, which was adopted:

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