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with a terrible fear that he might be confined for life.    He shed
tears about it.     The Mother was for having him out, in which
idea I strenuously backed her, on the principle that Harry�s fear
might drive him into lunacy, complete and hopeless.   He didn�t
complain of the officials, excepting saying that they were very rough
with him in the matter of the shower bath.     Mrs Price had been
advised �not to insist on seeing him,� told she must �take the conse-
quences of agitating him &c.�               I do not think these sort of
people are unnecessarily brutal or inhuman, (excepting in �Charity� sup
ported Asylums, when they are,)  but fancy that it becomes a business
matter, so much lunacy, at a guinea per week, and strenuously
discourage extra trouble.             Anon the lunacy of Harry�s sister
Sarah was spoken of, by her mother.   That slow blooded mortal
Fraser was �afraid� of her, they put her in Bedlam where she was
vilely used, had to sleep in loose straw, when naked, in February,
was once mopped over, and nearly killed from severe cold and ex-
haustion consequent thereon.        These things I can well believe, in-
asmuch as some time subsequently, there was a frightful expos� of
similar horrors, resulting in the victim�s death, at this same In-
stitution.                  Poor Sarah! She was a fair girl, plump
short, and pretty, and a great coquette in the times when Bill Bilton
fancied himself in love with her.     They say, now, that she can
scarcely contain herself at the name of Bedlam.     She had too, but
a month of it.                Authority over helpless creatures is, always, more
or less abused, by men.
  13. Sunday.   George Clarke�s calling, with him to Hatton
Garden, per omnibus, the day being rainy, there calling as appointed,               
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