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Quarter Session Report Huntingdonshire (Extract) Michaelmas 1869

An Extract of the Surgeon's report to the Quarter Sessions commenting on the health of prisoners particuarly the mental health of a prisoner William Ayres.


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.