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Asylum Letters

Contributed by Philip Tkacz jtkezz@windstream.net

Microfilm number 56-M119, located at the Margaret I. King Library, Special Collections


A collection of letters written to the Lunatic Asylum (ESH) during the 1800's.  These letters are mainly from patients family members, people requesting information and former patients.

 

Letter Concerning Patient From Alabama-1842

Wairion(?) Bridge, Washington County, Alabama

Feb. 6, 1842

Sir,

Having no acquaintance in your State to who to direct this will be sufficient apology for addressing myself to you for information, what be the charges for an inmate in the lunatic Asylum in ___ State? A young gentleman in my vicinity was as unfortunate to become deprived of his reason by attending last Fall one of those sickening phantastic assemblies called Camp meetings, and his parents are desirous to try whether he can not be restored to his previously sound mental faculties. A speedy answer will be thankfully received.

by your’s

Very Respectfully

obedient servant

Joseph A. Huber

MD

Postmaster

To the Postmaster

Louisville, Ky.

 


Stanford Ky Nov 14th/56 (1856)
Dsir,
We have a bad case of lunacy
in this county, I cannot give the particulars
but I wish to know whether there is room for
him in the Asylum Should he be sent,
Let me know immediately
 
To the Superintendent
of the Lunatic
Asylum, Lexington, Ky
 
Yours Obt Sevrt
Thomas W. Napien
Presiding Judge of this
Lincoln County Court


Aurora Ind. Oct 24th
Dear Doctor
My health has
not been as good. since I
left the Asylum and I
am very anxious to come
back and stay a few months
if you can possibly arrange for me
Please write immediately.
Yours in gratitude
Pulaski S. Hayes
 
A note on the letter stated the following:
Eastern State Hospital
An unusual letter from a
patient who was anxious
to return to the hospital
for more care.


March 20, 1864
Fairfield, Nelson Co., Ky.
Dr. Chipley
Dear Sir,
My son is still deranged. Can you receive him?
Respectfully,
Spotwood Wills


Oak Woods P. O. Fleming Co. Ky. June 19th 1863
W. W. S. Chipley Esqr
Superintendent of the Lunatic assylum Lexington Ky
Dear Sir
Enclosed please find the proceedings of the Jury to that held the inquest of over Miss Lydia Runyon. You will remember that I called on you about 8 days ago & your advice to me that to proceed in this way. Please register her name & as soon as possible there is a chance for Her in the Assylum write to me  Oakwoods Post Office Fleming County Ky & I will attend to her case immediately with pleasure & we will be under great obligations to you in the Case.
Yours very Respectfully,
J. J. Moore

   

 

 

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