What makes someone a menace to the world?
? The Knitting Genealogist on reasons given for why people were committed to the Retreat, a progressive asylum two hundred years ago:
Whilst researching, I was fascinated by the reasons people were certified and admitted to the asylum. On admission, patients had already been ‘certified’ and these certificates were placed in the Admission records. A common reason for admission was “Religious melancholy” or simply “Religion”. Here are just a handful of the most interesting answers, from the 1820s: