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A HISTORY OF THE ASYLUMS FOR THE INSANE IN MICHIGAN

BY HENRY M. HURD, M. D.

The lands could not be made available for the erection of the buildings, as contemplated in the act, and there being no other funds applicable to that object, and none appropriated other than the lands to pay for the services or expenses of the trustees, I deemed it expedient to defer their appointment, and I recommend that the law be so amended as to authorize the commissioner of the State land office, or an agent to be appointed for that purpose, to select the land thus appropriated, and that nothing further be done under the act until the land can be sold or funds drawn from some source to enable the trustees, when appointed, to carry out the humane and important objects of the trust.
"I cannot dismiss the subject without reiterating the recommendation communicated in a special message to the last legislature, that provision should be made for the establishment of these benevolent institutions at the earliest period practicable, and that suitable grounds be selected and' set apart for their use.
At this session of the legislature the following five trustees were appointed: Elon Farnsworth, of Wayne; Charles C. Hascall, of Genesee; John P. Cook, of Hillsdale: Charles E. Stuart, of Kalamazoo, and Charles H. Taylor, of Kent; and their first meeting was held in Detroit, May 22, 1849. In 1850 these trustees presented their first report: "In accordance with the provisions of the act authorizing their appointment, they had held several meetings for the purpose of receiving proposals and donations of lands, money and materials for the location and building of the institutions.

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