Acts passed at the second session of the thirtieth and first session of the Thirty–First General Assembly for the Commonwealth of Kentucky, Dec. 7th, 1822.

Chapter 478 “Act to Establish a Lunatic Asylum”

Preamble :

The consideration of public safety, the well being of society and long experience enforced by the example of other countries, conspire to prove the necessity of providing by law for the care, comfort and safe keeping of persons, mentally diseased and who are of unsound minds. And a full and fair trial having proved that the present laws of this state are highly defective, and are not calculated to aid in the best manner, the restoration and final cure of such persons; and yet are found to be enormously expensive in their operation and rapidly increasing;

For Remedy where of,

Section 1 :

“Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Kentucky,” that a Lunatic Asylum shall be, and is hereby established in this state, which shall be seated in the county of Fayette, near the town of Lexington, and that Richard Higgins, Elisha Warfield, and John W. Hunt of the county of Fayette, John Pope, of the county of Washington and William P. Roper of the county of Fleming, be appointed commissioners to purchase on behalf of this Commonwealth, a suitable tract or lot of ground including a spring of never failing water, of not less than ten nor more than twenty acres, for the public purpose aforesaid. The said commissioners shall proceed immediately after the passage of this act, to make such purchase, upon the best terms practicable, and proceed to erect or cause to be erected, suitable and convenient buildings, of stone or brick or both, sufficient for the care and safekeeping of at least two-hundred persons, having a due regard to their comfort as well as safe keeping.