Lunatic Asylums

January 30, 1863

Here is a petition, addressed to the General Court of Massachusetts. An introduction says, “we publish it with the hope that it may be circulated extensively for signatures, so as to challenge the most serious attention…..the laws pertaining to those who are alleged to be insane are not what they ought to be to ensure absolute justice to the accused, but give scope for the exercise of tyrannical power whereby the weak and defenceless are crushed,, and all chance of redress rendered hopeless……”