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  • The records from Stone Asylum for Joseph Fleming - transcription

    My deepest thanks to Rob Clack who has today very kindly provided me with the records from the London Metropolitan Archives for James Evans (Joseph Fleming) for the period from 1892 to 1895 when he was in the Stone Asylum.
    I hope these will be useful and again thanks very much to Rob for these
    Chris Scott



    James Evans
    Asylum Records - Stone Asylum

    LMA Reference: CLA/001/B/02/010

    Book: City of London Lunatic Asylum
    Case Book
    Males
    No. 10

    Page: 63
    Name: James Evans
    Age: 37
    Admitted: July 4th 1892
    Previous Occupation: Dock labourer
    Social condition: Single
    Address of Friends: Henrietta Fleming, 261 Nile Street
    No. in register: 1985
    Religion: Church of England
    Education: St Luke's - mother

    State on Admission: He is stupid, dazed and in a confused state. Delusions of persecution.
    Eyes: Brown, equal pupils
    Expression: Vacant
    Form of Head: Semilunar scar of left temple
    Abdominal Viscera: N
    Vascular System: N
    Tongue: Moist and furred
    Bruises &c.: Skin abrasion on front of left tibia
    Respiratory organs: N
    Pulse: 100
    Epileptic: No
    Suicidal: No
    Dangerous: No
    Skin: -

    Phenomena of Disorder - Manner and period of attacks etc.
    Signed W D Duncombe
    He was sent from Bishopsgate Police Station on June 30th 1892 as an insane person. He had a delusion that he was being followed by people who wish to kill him; at the present time he thinks the same. Otherwise he is quiet, although he looks about him in a vacant manner.

    Previous History:
    Found wandering and sent to Infirmary of City of London Union.
    His mother states there has been insanity in the family for 160 years
    Previous attacks: First
    Duration of Present Attack: Three days

    Form of Insanity: Melancholia
    Supposed cause: Drink? Initialled H P
    Bodily Health: Good
    Height: 6ft 7in
    Weight: Weight: 11st 8lbs

    July 7th: He is dazed, stupid and confused looking; expresses delusions of persecution, stating that men used formerly to pursue and follow him to kill him.
    Takes food and sleeps well. C W Patterson?
    July 11th 1892: Return to the Commissioners in Lunacy. Is insane and suffering from melancholia and has delusions of persecution, stating that men followed him with intent to do him grievous bodily harm. He appears dazed. Has fairly good health. The heart's action is rapid. The lung sounds are normal.
    Ernest W White
    July 25th: Suffers from melancholia, expresses many delusions and is dejected, downcast and melancholic.
    August 7th: There is little or no change in his state of mind
    Sept 1st: He has somewhat improved mentally and goes out daily to work
    Sept 17th: Continues to improve mentally. Goes out daily to work.
    Oct 1st: Has many delusions of persecution. Works well in the out of doors.
    Oct 26th: No special change to report since last entry
    Nov 20th: Has delusions of persecution. Works well. Health fair.
    Dec 6th: No special mental or bodily change.
    Feb 3 1893: Weight 11st 7lbs
    Is cheerful and free from delusions. Works well. Good health. To be recommended for discharge as recorded.
    Feb 13th 1893: Today whilst being examined previous to discharge, he was found to express many delusions stating that the writer's name was Isaacs, he was an old friend of the writer and frequently played at cocoanut shying with him in the Mile End Road and that he also repaired the writer's house; his discharge was at once cancelled and he was sent back to the wards.
    April 1st: Weight 11st 6obs
    He is sulky and morose; still adheres to his delusions about the writer shying cocoanuts with him in the East End of London; works well in the ward; has a foolish, facile expression. Resents being questioned much, Health good.
    May 10th: His manner is peculiar, nervous and irritable. He talks to himself and his utterances are rambling. He expresses many delusions but works fairly well indoors.
    May 24th: He is peculiar and excitable; has many delusions about persons. Resents being interfered with or questioned and becomes abusive on very little provocation. Health good.
    June 12th 1893: Weight 11st 3lbs
    Special report: "Is suffering from mania; is very incoherent. Has many delusions regarding persons. His expression is uncertain. In good health. The heart and lung sounds are normal.
    July 14th: Weight 11 st 2lbs
    Incoherent and excited. Has many delusions, saying the writer and he were old friends in Whitechapel etc. Works well indoors. Health good.
    Oct 1st: Weight 11st 2lbs
    Excited, rambling and incoherent. Has very many delusions. Works in ward. Health good.
    Oct 30th: No mental change; health good.
    Jan 1st 1894: Weight 11st 5lbs
    Rambling and incoherent. Full of delusions. Health good.
    1st April 1894: Weight 11st 10lbs
    No mental change. He is very insane. Health good.

    Entries continue on Page 97:
    June 12th 1894: Special report: "Suffering from mania, very incoherent. Has many delusions, regarding person, his expression is uncertain, is in good health. The heart and lung sounds are normal."
    July 1st: Weight 11st 1lb
    Mentally rambling and incoherent. many delusions about persons. Works well in Dining Hall and Mess Room. Health good.
    Oct 1st: Weight 11st
    Rambling and incoherent. Works in D.H. and Mess room. Good health.
    Jan 1st 1895: Weight 11st 5lbs
    Works in the corridor, mess room and dining hall. He is rambling and incoherent, abusive. Good health.
    Feb 14th 1895: Weight 11st 5lbs
    He was today transferred to London County Asylum at Claybury as relieved.
    Last edited by Chris Scott; 01-25-2009, 11:57 PM.

  • #2
    "Cocoanut shying", Chris? What in God´s name is that? Could you - or anyone else - explain it to a Swede...?
    And, of course, thank you for posting this!

    The best,
    Fisherman

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    • #3
      Hi,
      What a fascinating account, two questions must spring to mind.
      I do not observe the sic, after 6'7''
      And if his height was infact 5'7'' then as his weight varied around the 11stone 7lb-11-10lb, one could say that would be classed as stockily built in 1888, he may have been even heavier before committed.
      Regards Richard.

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      • #4
        Hi Richard
        Re: the "sic" this is just a straight transcription for folks to refer to
        The original is below
        Regards
        Chris
        Attached Files

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        • #5
          That does not look as the figure 5 to me, I have to say!

          Fisherman

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          • #6
            Hi Fisherman
            A coconut (the modern spelling) shy was a popular game at funfairs where coconuts were balanced on wooden poles with cups at the top and the object was to knock them off with wooden balls.

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            • #7
              On the basis that another possible reading of the problematic height could be 6 ft 1 inch, I am posting below the weight entry in the same hand showing how he formed his figure 1
              Chris
              Attached Files

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              • #8
                Thanks for that, Chris! Can´t read any much psychology connected to throatcutting and eviscerating into that one, can we?

                6 ft 7, that would equal about 201 centimetres, by the way ...

                The best,
                Fisherman

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Chris Scott View Post
                  Semilunar scar of left temple
                  ... perhaps he got that banging his 6'7" head on the arched entrance to Miller's Court

                  Thanks for this great information, by the way, Chris and Rob both.
                  Kind regards, Sam Flynn

                  "Suche Nullen" (Nietzsche, Götzendämmerung, 1888)

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Fisherman View Post
                    Thanks for that [info on coconut shies], Chris! Can´t read any much psychology connected to throatcutting and eviscerating into that one, can we?
                    Oh, I dunno, Fish. Any man obsessed with throwing missiles at nuts has to have a sexual problem lurking somewhere under the surface
                    Kind regards, Sam Flynn

                    "Suche Nullen" (Nietzsche, Götzendämmerung, 1888)

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                    • #11
                      Nuts! Of course, Sam - that would be the connection: He was post-castrating himself mentally! How could I miss that?

                      Fisherman

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                      • #12
                        I've seen loopier psychobabble being used to build a "case" for some suspects, Fish - so, why not?
                        Kind regards, Sam Flynn

                        "Suche Nullen" (Nietzsche, Götzendämmerung, 1888)

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                        • #13
                          http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=5c-D35DRPbY

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                          • #14
                            Many thanks for this excellent info, Chris and Rob.

                            Great work!

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                            • #15
                              That weight thing at 11 stone could also be 16 stone, y'know. It probably isn't but thought I should throw it in.

                              This isn't really my field, but this is :

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                              I knew I'd find a use for it one day!

                              It was sent to a staff member at the Kent County Asylum in Chartham on June 1st 1912. It reads : "What do you think of this? I don't think you have had one before. I finished my job aboard ship. Had a nice time amongst the boys of board. The Captain gave me half a crown when I came away today. Shall be down next week if fine. Love M G J"

                              PHILIP
                              Tour guides do it loudly in front of a crowd.

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