Eastern Counties Asylum for Idiots, Essex Hall, Colchester.— This institution, which is still under the assiduous care of Mr. Millard, is being enlarged, the demand for admission being much greater than the accommodation could supply. Provision is, or is about to be, made for about 50 more cases; a new steam laundry; a gymnastic and recreation hall combined; bath rooms, lavatories and water-closets; the outlay being estimated at about £12,000. At the last annual meeting a powerful appeal was made for funds. Dr. Bateman stated that there are in the Eastern Counties 3,000 idiots, of whom at least 1,000 needed the benefit of such an asylum, whereas there was accommodation for only 99, and he justly describes the inmates of the cottages where an idiot dwells as doomed to constant association with the most repulsive features of humanity, and obliged to breathe an atmosphere of moral miasma. No doubt the appeal of the committee will be responded to, but doubtless the efforts required to obtain subscriptions and donations involve much labour and anxiety.
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