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Sallie Merritt
Report, 1893

Source:  TSL&A Microfilm # A-5171
Sumner County Probate Records (County or Chancery)
Loose Records 13461 - 13692

Transcribed by Linda Carpenter
© 2002

Loose Record #13492

State of Tennessee, Sumner County

The undersigned a Citizen of said state and county hereby states the Sallie Merritt is insane her insanity is of less than two years duration or that her being at large is dangerous to the safety of the community. That she is in needy circumstances and has legal settlement in the said county and is a citizen of the State of Tennessee. These facts can be proved by J. W. Garrison and Dr. J. R. Lanier. This February 23rd 1893. J. W. Garrison

State of Tennessee, Sumner County

I, J. R. Lanier a practicing physician of the County Sumner State of Tennessee hereby certify that I have this day personally examined Sallie Meritt alleged to be insane and pronounce her insane. She is 71 years of age, is the subject of no infectious disorder. The disease is of seven months duration. She is not the subject of epilepsy. She has attempted to commit violence on herself and others. The medical treatment has been as usually prescribed in such cases. Dr. J. R. Lanier

Sworn to and subscribed before me this the 23 day of February 1893. Rufus Smith, J. P. for Sumner County

State of Tennessee, Sumner County

I the undersigned Justice of the Peace in and for the County aforesaid hereby certify that I have held an inquest on Sallie Meritt of said a person alleged to be insane according to law. I am satisfied that she is insane on competent medical testimony. That she is a fit subject to be sent to the State Hospital for the insane to undergo treatment therein as an object of bounty of the State. I am further satisfied that her being at large is injurious to herself and disadvantageous to the community. Witness my hand this 23 day of February 1893. Rufus Smith, J. P. for Sumner County

State of Tennessee, Sumner County

To J. W. Garrison: Whereas all the proceedings necessary to entitle Sallie Merritt to be admitted into the Tennessee Hospital for the insane as a non paying patient have been had according to law, you are hereby required forthwith to take said person and convey her to said hospital and after having executed this Warrant make due return of the same to this office.

Witness my hand and Seal of office, at office this 24th February 1893. Harris Brown, Clerk

Central Hospital for the Insane, Feby. 25th 1893.

Received the patient named in the within warrant. Jno. H. Callander, Superintendent

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