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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 67, May 12-13, 1855

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Identifier: DX03860634

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 67, May 12-13, 1855

Description: Describes a visit to Mr. and Mrs. Price to inquire about Harry Price.


with a terrible fear that he [Harry Price] might be confined for life. He shed tears about it. The Mother was for having him out, in which idea I strenuously backed her, on the principle that Harry’s fear might drive him into lunacy, complete and hopeless. He didn’t complain of the officials, excepting saying that they were very rough with him in the matter of the shower bath. Mrs Price had been advised "not to insist on seeing him," told she must "take the consequences of agitating him &c." I do not think these sort of people are unnecessarily brutal or inhuman, (excepting in 'Charity' supported Asylums, when they are,) but fancy that it becomes a business matter, so much lunacy, at a guinea per week, and strenuously discourage extra trouble. Anon the lunacy of Harry’s sister Sarah was spoken of, by her mother. That slow blooded mortal Fraser was 'afraid' of her, they put her in Bedlam where she was vilely used, had to sleep in loose straw, when naked, in February, was once mopped over, and nearly killed from severe cold and exhaustion consequent thereon. These things I can well believe, inasmuch as some time subsequently, there was a frightful expose of similar horrors, resulting in the victim’s death, at this same Institution. Poor Sarah! She was a fair girl, plump short, and pretty, and a great coquette in the times when Bill Bilton fancied himself in love with her. They say, now, that she can scarcely contain herself at the name of Bedlam. She had too, but a month of it. Authority over helpless creatures is, always, more or less abused, by men.

13. Sunday. George Clarke's calling, with him to Hatton Garden, per omnibus, the day being rainy, there calling as appointed,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-05-12

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Asylums
Mental illness


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