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In 1849, Dr. George Chandler, Superintendent of the State Lunatic Hospital in Worcester, wrote to the Overseers of the Poor of Falmouth, requesting that they “remove” Charles M. Davis from his facility. Charles was a sixteen-year-old with mental disabilities.

Chandler explained that Charles had been sent “from Dr. Howe’s School in Boston to this Hospital some months ago. He was then excited. He has become quiet and as well as he ever was probably. . . . Will you remove him?”

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