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A HISTORY OF THE ASYLUMS FOR THE INSANE IN MICHIGAN

BY HENRY M. HURD, M. D.

Upon the 16th day of February, 1848, the committee on State affairs, to which had been referred the resolution of the Senate relative to establishing an asylum under the patronage of the State for the insane and blind, and also the petition of Frederick Broher and others reported, "That they fully appreciate the great utility of an institution of the nature contemplated by the resolution and petition; that the amelioration of the afflictions of this class of our unfortunate citizens is one appeal-Ing strongly to our sympathies, as well as proving commendatory and praiseworthy to our State in the prosecution of such an institution. " but deemed it inadvisable to burthen the State with the outlay, and recommended that a joint resolution be adopted to ask Congress to donate lands for the endowment of similar institutions. The committee accordingly reported such a resolution which was passed, given immediate effect, and was signed by the Governor, but nothing came of it. A bill, however, was reported by Senator B. B. Danforth, from committee on State affairs, upon the 22d of March, 1848, "to establish an asylum for the deaf, dumb and blind, and also an asylum for the insane of the State of Michigan, " which passed the Senate April 1 by a vote of 11 to 5. It also passed the House of Representatives on the 3d of the same month, and was promptly approved by the Governor. blind, and also an asylum for the insane of the State of Michigan, and eight (?) sections of the salt spring lands were appropriated for the erection of buildings for the use of those several institutions, the lands to be selected by trustees to be appointed by the executive for the government of the asylums.

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