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The annexed extract from the Sussvx Daily News is worthy of the attention of those concerned with the admission of patients to asylums:—“At the close of the ordinary business before the Bench Mr. Parsons, Clerk to the Thakeham Board of Guardians, said he had been directed by his Board to make application respecting the decision of the Bench in regard to lunacy cases. The Board regretted that the Bench had come to the decision that in future any appointments with Justices in regard to such cases should be made through their Clerk, so that he could attend. He was directed to ask the Bench to reconsider the matter.—Mr. West said without the Magistrates' Clerk in attendance it put the Magistrates in an extremely inconvenient position, having to act without any advice. He had himself acted without the Magistrates' Clerk very much against his will, but the Bench thought in arriving at the conclusion they did that that ought not to be.—Mr. Parsons said that as regarded the expense the Magistrates knew too well the great cost which had to be incurred at the present time in sending cases to all parts of England, and of course if the proceedings passed through the hands of the Court certain fees which would be incurred would increase the present great cost.—The Chairman said he should not take a lunacy case without the Clerk.—Mr. Parsons asked if the Magistrates would consider the matter again?—Mr. Flowers said Mr. Parsons, from what he had heard, could gauge the feelings of the Magistrates, whereupon Mr. Parsons withdrew.”

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