19th CENTURY HANDWRITTEN MANUSCRIPT JOURNAL FRAGMENT PRISON ASSESSMENT INVENTORY OF CELLS/CONVICTS
On offer a rather intriguing manuscript. It measures about 7 x 7 ¾ inches and has an embossed small seal on the top left hand corner that says, W. Clark & Co. Northampton.Text as follows: House Journal Report 1830 & 31 Page 115. Old Prison 1830L. Length from east to west 400 feet. Width from north to south 160 feet. This is the size of the whole enclosure. 23 light cells and 2 dark cells, and a dining room. And kitchen on the first floor. And 23 light cells and dark cells, a hospital. And a room adjoining the hospital on the second floor. The cells are 9 feet 6 inches long and 5 feet 9 inches wide. And there was four convicts put in each cell. House Journal 1829. Old prison in 1829 and 30 per report. page 291. The old prison is on the second story in one room, size 30 feet by 50 feet. No part of this building is used as a place of confinement. Except a room in the southwest corner in which the. The female convicts are placed." While we are not sure what prison this manuscript is relating to, but on the bottom of the manuscript in pencil, the word Ohio is written with a question mark. We have found a Northampton in Pennsylvania and also one in Massachusetts which may narrow the research the new owner may give this super antique prison/penal document.
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