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Quarter Session Report (Extract) 1869 Michaelmas

Quarter Session report from Michaelmas Sessions 1869 on Huntingdon County Gaol, with reports from the Governor, Surgeon and Visiting Justices.


The Michaelmas Quarter Sessions for the county of Huntingdon commenced at the Shire Hall on Monday. There were present - P. Tillard Esq. (Vice Chairman); Lord Sherard; D. Herbert, G. M. Heathcote, W. Ward, A. Sperling, J. Rust, G. Rust, G. Thornhill, and G. J. Rust, Esqrs.; and Rev. A. F. Stopford.
The minutes of the last meeting were read and confirmed.


The Visiting Justices reported that the conduct of the prisoners had been good and orderly. The number committed during the past quarter shows a decrease of 5, as compared with the corresponding period of last year. There was a decrease in the gaol bills 22l 3s 3d for the past quarter on comparison. The daily average cost of maintenance was 4¼d, showing a decrease of ¼d in the September quarter of 1869. The mat making account showed a net profit of 37l 12s 2d, leaving a balance of 7l 2s 6d in the treasurer's hands. There is a large quantity of mats on hand, and there is difficulty in disposing of them.
Mr. hulme, the Governor, in answer to a question, said the new well at the gaol would hold double the quantity of water of the old one, and when wet weather came he believed they would have a good supply.


The Gaoler repoerted that the prison rules of 1865 had been carried out with regard to the prisoners. There had been an increase in all divisions of committals, and the number of prisoners in custody was - males 46, females 4, total 50. At this date last year there were 65 males, 4 females - total 60 (sic).


The Chaplain, the Rev. H. A. Maule, reported that everything connected with his department had proceeded in a very satisfactory manner. The usual services had been held, and the prisoners visited separately.


The surgeons of the gaol (Messrs. Foster and Lucas) reported that the health of the prisoners during the past quarter had been very good. There had been no severe cases of illness and but few of slight indisposition. The only case requiring notice was that of William Ayres, who had made a determined attempt upon his life in the police cell before admission, and was immediately removed to the hospital ward under the care of the attendants.
The CHAIRMAN said he discovered that they objected to admit prisoner into an asylum, he being of defective mind, as he was a criminal lunatic.

Mr. SPERLING suggested that the Chairman write to the Home Secretary, and recommend that a pardon should be granted him, and then he could be sent to Arelsey (sic).
Mr. J. RUST said the asylum was being enlarged, and there would shortly be plenty of room for such cases. He saw no reason why they should not take him.