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On the State of Lunacy and the Legal Provision for the Insane


LONDON:
 JOHN CHURCHILL, NEW BURLINGTON
STREET.
 1859.
PRINTED BY TAYLOR AND FRANCIS,
 RED LION COURT,
FLEET STREET.
TO
 THE RIGHT HONOURABLE
 THE EARL
OF SHAFTESBURY,
 CHAIRMAN OF THE
COMMISSION OF LUNACY,
 WHOSE LONG-CONTINUED
AND UNTIRING EFFORTS IN BEHALF OF THE
 INSANE
 HAVE
EARNED FOR HIM THE HIGHEST ESTEEM AND ADMIRATION
 OF ALL
WHO FEEL INTERESTED
 IN THE WELFARE OF THAT CLASS OF THE
AFFLICTED,
 THIS TREATISE
 IS, BY
PERMISSION,
 RESPECTFULLY DEDICATED BY HIS LORDSHIP‟S MOST
OBEDIENT
 HUMBLE SERVANT,
 THE AUTHOR.
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PREFACE.
The writer of a book is usually expected to show cause for its
production,â€"a custom which, however commendable as a sort of
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