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An Act to Provide Another Asylum for the Insane of North Carolina.

1874-75 Public Laws: Chapter CCXLIX

Public Laws of the State of North Carolina Passed in 1874-75 - Pages 336-338.

Whereas, The only Asylum for the insane of North Carolina, for the cure, comfort and care of her insane, is insufficient for the accommodation of all this afflicted class, and on account thereof a large number are confined in jails or remain at home deprived of such proper treatment as would tend to their recovery; therefore,

Section 1. The General Assembly of North Carolina do enact, That Nerens Mendenhall, of Guilford, Dr. Eugene Grissom, of Wake, Hon. W. A. Graham, of Orange, Thomas G. Walton, of Burke, and Dr. M. Whitehead, of Rowan, be and they are hereby appointed commissioners to superintend the construction of an asylum for the insane of the State of North Carolina, to be located within three miles of Morganton, North Carolina, and known as the Western Insane Asylum of North Carolina, and to that end they, the said commissioners, are hereby authorized to purchase for the State a suitable tract of land for the purpose herein contemplated: Provided, That if any person or persons shall make a free gift to the State of a suitable tract of land for the situation of said Asylum of not less than one hundred (100) acres, the said commissioners are hereby authorized to receive a deed of the same in trust for the use and benefit of the said Asylum.

Sec. 2. It shall be the duty of the said commissioners, a majority of whom shall constitute a quorum, as soon as a suitable tract ot land shall have been secured, to commence and carry on the work contemplated as economically as possible; and to that end they may employ such convicts in the Penitentiary as can be spared by the authorities of the same and can be made available: Provided, That said Asylum shall be constructed in an approved and workman-like manner: And provided further, That an account of the labor furnished by the Penitentiary shall be kept and regularly forwarded to the Superintendent of the Penitentiary, and also reported to the General Assembly.

Sec. 3. The commissioners appointed by this Act, before entering upon the discharge of their duties, shall give bonds with such surety as may be required by the executive, for the proper application of such funds as may be placed in their hands, and for the faithful performance of their duties: Provided, That said commissioners shall receive no compensation for their services over and above the necessary expenses incurred in the discharge of their duties.

Sec. 4. It shall be the duty of the General Assembly, when it becomes necessary, to provide for the superintendence and government of the Asylums herein provided for in like manner as is now or may hereafter be prescribed by law for the government of the Insane Asylum at the city of Raleigh.

Sec. 5. For carrying into effect the foregoing provisions of this Act, the sum of fifty thousand ($50,000) dollars for this year, and twenty-five thousand ($25,000) dollars for one thousand eight hundred and seventy-six, is hereby appropriated, which may be drawn from the treasury of the State upon the warrant of a quorum of said commissioners from time to time (within the limits aforesaid) when in their judgment needed for the prosecution of the work.

Sec. 6. Said commissioners shall on or before the first day of December next, and annually thereafter until the buildings are completed, render to the proper accounting officers of the State of North Carolina an itemized account of all the contracts, expenses and liabilities, which they shall have incurred or authorized in the execution of their commissions, with vouchers for the same; and in case of their failure so to do, their authority to draw on the State Treasurer for such sums of money as are specified in the preceding section shall cease and determine.

Sec. 7. This Act shall take effect and be in force from and after its ratification.

Ratified the 20th day of March, A.D. 1875.

Curtis H. Brogden, Governor
James L. Robinson, Speaker of the House of Representatives
Robert F. Armfield, Lt. Governor and President of the Senate

State of North Carolina,
Office Secretary of State,
Raleigh, May 15th, 1875.

I, William H. Howerton, Secretary of State, hereby
certify that the foregoing are true copies of the original
acts and resolutions on file in this office.

William H. Howerton,
Secretary of State.

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