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room; it appears therefore, that something should be done for ventilation, which might easily be accomplished.
The construction of the privies appears to be very objectionable ; and there is only one in each of the upper galleries, one in the criminal part, and two on the basement story; nor are there any privies or urinals in the airing grounds. And it seems doubtful, whether the drain passing under the beds, is on such a construction as will answer the intended purpose.
There is no room set apart for the reception of the dead bodies, which should be provided for.
There are eight acres of ground occupied for the hospital, including the site of the buildings, the airing grounds, and one acre and an half intended for a kitchen garden; and there are nearly four acres more adjoining, which it is the intention of the governors to turn to profit, the act of Parliament restraining them to the use of eight. The Committee, however, think it may be expedient to submit to the consideration of Parliament, the propriety of enabling the governors to devote this ground to the general purposes of the hospital, from a conviction of the benefits the patients derive from exercise, and in many cases from labor.
And that the patients may not be entirely deprived of these benefits in wet weather, it appears to be desirable that pent-houses should be erected against the cross walls of the airing grounds, or a sort of covering in the middle thereof, like those of St. Luke's Hospital.
In the criminal part of the building, the Committee find the same objection to the height of the windows, as before mentioned; and that no provision whatever is made for warming this department, although the warming pipes from the basement story are continued to the door at which this
part is entered ; and it may be useful if external doors of grating should be provided on the basement story.
The Committee have only further to remark that in this part of the building there is no infirmary.
RESOLVED_That the Chairman be directed to move the house that leave be given to bring in a bill to amend and enforce the provisions of the Act of the 14th Geo. III. cap. 49, entitled “An Act for regulating Madhouses."
July 11, 1815.
BRITISH AND FOREIGN BIBLE SOCIETY;
VIEWS OF THE SOCIETY, ,
A NOTICE OF ITS CHIEF PATRONS.
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