1817 Lunatic Asylum Committal Document

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An exceptional legal document detailing the binding contracts and expenses in committing one Caroline Trumain of Portsmouth Southhampton to a lunatic asylum.

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An exceptional legal document detailing the binding contracts and expenses in committing one Caroline Trumain of Portsmouth Southhampton to a lunatic asylum. The document reads in part: KNOW ALL MEN BY THESE PRESENT, THAT WE HENRY FREEMAN NO. 4 HUSBAND (—) SHOEMAKER AND JW THOMAS DAVEY NO. 5 (—) ARE HELD AND FIRMLY BOUND TO RICHARD CLARK, ESQ. CHAMBERLAIN OF LONDON, TREASURER OF THE HOSPITAL OF BETHLEM, LONDON, IN ONE HUNDRED POUNDS OF LAWFUL MONEY OF GREAT BRITAIN, TO BE PAID TO THE SAID RICHARD CLARK, OR HIS ATTORNEY, EXECUTORS OR ADMINISTRATORS, FOR WHICH PAYMENT TO BE WELL AND TRULY MADE, WE BIND OURSELVES AND EACH OF US, AND OUR AND EACH OF OUR HEIRS, EXECUTORS AND ADMINISTRATORS, FIRMLY BY THESE PRESENTS. SEALED WITH OUR SEALS. DATED THIS TWENTY FIRST DAY OF AUGUST IN THE (——) YEAR OF THE REIGN OF OUR SOVEREIGN LORD GEORGE THE THIRD, BY THE GRACE OF GOD OF THE UNITED KINGDOM OF GREAT BRITAIN AND IRELAND, KING, DEFENDER OF THE FAITH. AND IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD ONE THOUSAND EIGHT HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN.

The document continues on in great length as to the legal obligations and costs therein… reading in part: WHEREAS CAROLINE TRUMAN OF PORTSEA SOUTHAMPTON BEING LUNATIC, IS BY THE GOVERNORS OF THE HOSPITAL OF BETHLEM, LONDON AT THE SPECIAL INSTANCE AND REQUEST OF THE ABOVE NAMED OBLIGORS, TAKEN INTO THE SAID HOSPITAL; THERE TO REMAIN UNTIL IT SHALL PLEASE GOD SUCH LUNATIC SHALL BE RECOVERED, OR UNTIL THE PRESIDENT, TREASURER, OR THE SUBCOMMITTEE OF THE SAID HOSPITAL SHALL ORDER SUCH LUNATIC TO BE THENCE DISCHARGED.

The document continues on to outline obligations in fees for the continued care as follows: …. AND DURING THE CONTINUANCE OF SUCH LUNATIC IN THE SAID HOSPITAL, DO AND SHALL FIND, PROVIDE OR PAY FOR, ALL MANNER OF NECESSARY AND SUFFICIENT APPAREL AND BEDDING FOR THE SAID LUNATIC. AND ALSO IN CASE OF DEATH OF THE SAID LUNATIC, DO AND SHALL PAY THE CHARGE OF BURIAL, AND INDEMNIFY THE SAID HOSPITAL, AND THE GOVERNORS THEREOF, AND THEIR STOCK AND FUND FROM ANY DAMAGE OR CHARGE THAT SHALL OR MAY ARISE THEREBY, AND IN CASE THE SAID OBLIGORS, OR ONE OF THEM, DO NOT REMOVE AND TAKE AWAY THE SAID LUNATIC, AT SUCH TIME AS, BY THE PRESIDENT, TREASURER, OR THE SUB-COMMITTEE OF THE SAID HOSPITAL FOR THE TIME BEING, SUCH LUNATIC SHALL BE ORDERED TO BE THENCE DISCHARGED…

Detail expenses follow: … SHALL WELL AND TRULY PAY OR CAUSE TO BE PAID UNTO THE TREASURER OF THE SAID HOSPITAL, FOR THE TIME BEING. THE SUM OF TWENTY SHILLINGS STERLING MONEY WEEKLY, ON THE SATURDAY OF EVERY WEEK, FOR SO LONG TIME AS THE SAID LUNATIC SHALL REMAIN IN THE HOSPITAL…
Professionally framed. The letter is in exceptional condition. Original fold lines responsible for very minor damage that does not in any way detract from presentation. Mentioned for accuracy. The paper features a pressed ornate tax stamp stating ONE POUND FIFTEEN SHILLINGS, a watermark and two seals.
Frame: 16.75 in. x 19.25; Image area: 12.75 in. x 15.5 in.