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It is supported by contributions, donations, and legacies, and by income received for the board of patients. It has no endowment, but is aided to a limited extent by funds bequeathed for the special purpose, the income arising from which is applied to reducing the charge to patients in limited circumstances. It has never been aided by any appropriation from either city or State.

Annuities.-A mode of obtaining contributions by annuities, not much known amongst us, but familiar to Friends in England, has been agreed on by the Contributors. On paying any sum of money to the Treasurer, for the use of the Institution, interest of six per cent. thereon is annually to be paid to the annuitant; at whose decease the interest money ceases, and the principal remains the property of the Asylum. This mode will probably be convenient to many who are desirous of promoting the designs of the Institution, and yet do not prefer making any considerable donation during their lifetime.

The Institution is open for the reception of all classes of the insane, without regard to the duration or curability of the disease. It is proper to state, however, that idiots or persons affected with mania-à-potû are not considered suitable subjects for this asylum.

Its use was at first limited to members of the Society of Friends, but for many years past all religious denominations are admitted to participation in its benefits, on equal terms with those for whom it was originally designed.

The government of the Asylum is vested in a Board of twenty Managers, including a Secretary and a

Treasurer. The officers appointed by the Board are a Medical Superintendent, an Assistant Physician, and a Matron.

Previous to a patient being taken to the Institution, it is necessary to arrange the rate of board with a Manager (or, if more convenient, with the Superintendent at the Asylum), and to furnish a certificate of insanity from two or more respectable physicians, accompanied by a request signed by a legal guardian (or by a relative or friend in case the patient has no guardian) that the individual may be received into the Asylum.

For the payment of board, etc., a bond must be signed by some responsible persons as sureties, one of whom must reside in or near Philadelphia.

The charge for board includes washing, medicines, medical attendance, etc.

If private attendants are deemed necessary, or desirable, they can at all times be furnished, by a special arrangement with the Superintendent.

Visitors to the Asylum.-When near relations or particular friends of patients desire to be admitted to see their connections, application must be made to the Superintendent, who may allow such visits when circumstances will admit.

As the general admission of visitors would be improper and injurious to the patients, no persons, except as above, shall be admitted to the apartments occupied by patients, unless introduced by a Manager; but on application to the Superintendent, they may be shown such parts of the building and appendages as are not so occupied.


In order to preserve quiet on the first day of the week, visiting on any account on that day, either in the house or on the premises, is prohibited, unless under very peculiar circumstances.


Clerk of the Contributors: William Bettle, No. 426 North Sixth

Treasurer: William Kinsey, S. W. cor. Third and Vine Streets.
Clerk of the Board of Managers: John E. Carter.

Physician and Superintendent: Joshua H. Worthington, M.D.
Assistant Physician: Nathaniel G. Macomber, M.D.
Matron: Margaret H. Worthington.

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This Institution also, although not within the city limits, is so near them as to be properly mentioned in connection with the objects of this work. It is a private Hospital for mental diseases; and derives its support from the payments made for board and medical care of patients.

No patient is received for a less period than three months. A certificate of insanity, signed by two physicians, and acknowledged before a magistrate, is invariably required.

All arrangements for the admission of patients must be made with the Superintendent.



Burn-Brae, Kellyville, Delaware Co., Pa.


The Philadelphia Dispensary.


This Institution was founded in 1786.

It is supported by private contributions, and by income from invest


Any one who pays annually into the hands of the Treasurer one guinea, or five dollars, is entitled to the privileges of a contributor; and the payment of ten guineas, or fifty dollars, at one time, constitutes a person a life contributor.

A Board, consisting of twelve Managers, is annually elected on the first Monday in January, by a majority of the Contributors; and the Managers annually elect a Treasurer of the Dispensary, six Attending and two Obstetric Physicians, four Consulting Physicians and Surgeons, two Oculists, one Aurist, one Resident and one Assistant Physician, and an Apothecary.

The six Attending or District Physicians attend promptly to all cases directed to their care by the Institution, and if any cases so directed shall prove unsuitable, they so report them as soon as practicable to the Dispensary, together with the disqualifying cause.

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