During the last few months, the air has been rife with public clamour against private asylums and “mad doctors,” or “body snatchers.” Mrs. Weldon, who escaped between the signing of her certificates and her removal to an asylum, gave in an address, delivered in St. James's Hall, extending over two hours and a half, a detailed narrative of the attempt to place her in an asylum last April, her flight, and her determination not to rest until the Lunacy Laws are amended. A gentleman who had been in an asylum, placed there, he asserted, by his brother, an M.P., because they differed in politics, entered upon a tirade against the Russians, and was with difficulty brought back to the question by the meeting. Mrs. Weldon gave a song, and after a resolution had been passed, thanking her for her discourse and expressing the opinion that the Laws of Lunacy required amending, the audience separated. The meeting was orderly, and Mrs. Weldon had no occasion to use a rattle, with which she had provided herself, to call her audience to order.
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