[Utica Lunatic Asylum] Inmate Lois Whittemore Autograph Letter Signed "Lois". Four full pages, 7.75" x 10", Utica, May 29, 1853, to her husband [Albert G. Whittemore], with original transmittal envelope. A touching and revealing letter written with the purpose of being allowed to go home again after her treatment, in small part: "...I am getting so much better. I feel as though all that is necessary to make me well is to be at a quiet home. There is a great deal of noise and confusion here. Some of the patients are very crazy..." The Utica Lunatic Asylum opened its doors to patients in 1842, the first facility of its kind to attempt to treat mental patients, not just confine them. At some point, Lois apparently did get to go home. The 1860 Census records show her living with her husband in Napoli, New York. Fine condition, the writing is light but very legible, original folds. From the Judith Kaplan Women's History Collection.

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