Frankfurt, Ky: A. G. Hodges, State Printer, 1846. 8vo. 16 pages. Disbound. Top edges shaved, clipping title and page numbers, foxed. Item #408503
First edition of this scarce memorial by Dorothea L. Dix, one of ten cited by Sabin published during Dix's humanitarian efforts to improve the treatment of the insane. "Visiting the [East Cambridge] jail, she found insane persons in an unheated room. . . . Aroused by the distress she had observed, she spent two years in a quiet, unobserved, thorough investigation of the condition of the insane in jails, almshouses, & houses of correction throughout Massachusetts. With incontrovertible evidence . . . she chose influential men to present a memorial to the state legislature [i.e., the above] .... Miss Dix soon saw the inadequacy of demanding intelligence & humanity from the keepers ... & that asylums . . . supported by state taxation were necessary. Her work became national in scope" (Dictionary of American Biography). Sabin 20336a.