MADHOUSE

[Sir Robert Peel, Prime Minister, as Home Secretary.] Autograph List of appointments by him of Lunacy Commissioners (following on from the 1828 Madhouse Act), with Autograph Note by him on the matter.

Author: 
Sir Robert Peel (1788-1850), Tory Prime Minister and creator of the Metropolitan Police ('Peelers') [Metropolitan Lunacy Commission; 1828 Madhouse Act]
Publication details: 
[Home Office, Whitehall; 1828.]
£2,000.00

In August 1828, following the passing of the 1828 Madhouse Act, the Home Secretary Sir Robert Peel established a commission to oversee London's madhouses, consisting of five physicians, six Middlesex JPs, and ten other honorary (i.e. unpaid) commissioners. The present document by Peel casts interesting light on the process of appointment. It is on both sides of 18 x 23 cm piece of paper, evidently used as envelope for 'the Instrument' mentioned in Peel's note. Aged, and with tear and hole caused by breaking open of seal. Folded twice.

[ Halliford House, 'Special Lunatic Asylum' (for 'patients of the higher classes'), Sunbury, Middlesex. ] Printed Leaflet advertising Halliford House, headed by an engraving by Arthur Willmore.

Author: 
Dr Joseph Seaton, Scottish physician and author, proprietor of Halliford House, 'Special Lunatic Asylum', Sunbury, Middlesex [ Arthur Willmore (1814-1888), engraver ]
Publication details: 
Without date or place.[ Halliford House, Sunbury, Middlesex. 1840s. ]
£250.00

1p., 4to. In fair condition, on aged and worn paper, repaired on the blank reverse with tape. the engraving ('Halliford House, Sunbury, Middlesex', 'Drawn & Engraved by A. Willmore') is clear and undamaged. Beneath the engraving are 29 lines in small print, beginning: 'This beautiful and secluded Residence, standing in a small Park of nearly thirty acres, is appropriated to the reception of a limited number of patients of the higher classes, who may be suffering from Mental and Nervous affections, and who are under the constant personal superintendence of Dr.

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