State of New~York
IN SENATE, JAN. 9, 1857
Of Select Committee appointed to visit Charitable
Institutions supported by the State, and all city and county poor and work houses and jails.
Mr. Spencer from the select committee
appointed by the Senate, under a resolution passed February 7, 185,
"to visit, after the adjournment of the Legislature, all charitable
institutions supported or assisted by the State, and all city and county
poor and work houses and jails," and "to
examine into the condition of the said establishments, their receipts
and expenditures, their methods of instruction, and the government,
treatment, and management of the inmates, the conduct of the trustees,
directors, and other officers of the same, and all other matters
whatever pertaining to their usefulness and good government,"
Since the adjournment of the
Legislature, they have, for five months, with some intermissions, been
engaged in the investigations required by the resolution of the Senate.
They have diligently examined into the existing condition of the poor
houses, work houses, hospitals, jails, orphan and lunatic asylums, and
other charitable and reformatory institutions, supported or assisted by
the State; and have committed to writing the evidence taken in the
course of. their investigations, an abstract of which
is appended to this report.
Much of the evidence is necessarily of such a
character, that a publication of it, in detail, for
general perusal, would not be desirable.
abstract prepared by the committee, as an appendix to this report, is
sufficient for the purpose of illustrating and sustaining the
criticisms, remarks, and arguments of the committee, and of
communicating such statistics and details, not otherwise contained in
the report, as seem to be requisite for public information. ...