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A BRIEF SKETCH OF THE MODE OF TREATMENT OF LUNA-
BEDLAM, IN LONDON, 1635.
Having lived in the community of Philadelphia for upwards of forty years, and having won by honest industry a fair name and fame in business circles, I feel myself acquainted with the temperament of our right-minded citizens, and their sentiments upon all matters concerning the right of every freeman to his personal liberty: and therefore, on this score, feel but little diffidence in presenting my work to their consideration. Having also had considerable personal experience in the matter of which I write, I come before them competent to speak, and perhaps to give them a very fair idea of what transpires within the walls of some of the Insane Asylums that are established in our very midst. The object of these pages is not to vilify, nor to libel or wilfully to injure the good name of any upright man, but simply to speak a few plain unvarnished truths in behalf of the poor, helpless and suffering patients put in these charities, and to show why a strong and positive legislative action should be taken for their protection.
I only ask a calm, deliberate reading from my patrons, and have no anxiety or care as to the conclusions they may reach; and should I but lift one stone upon the pillar of reform in these matters, I shall content myself with this reward of my labor.