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House Journal 1824 (30-318939-P113B.pdf)

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a Committee of three discreet persons was appointed to purchase a suitable lot of land in the town of Thomaston, on which to erect said Prison, and other buildings necessary for the employment of convicts. The Committee in pursuance of their authority, proceeded to contract for a lot comprising about ten acres, including an inexhaustible quarry of limestone, lying on St George's river, and affording room for a commodious wharf, at which large vessels may lie at any state of the tide. The Committee report, that whether the Convicts be employed in quarrying the lime rock or other branches of business, the situation purchased possesses advantages superior to any other place in the town for a State Prison. A copy of their report will be laid before you, accompanied by a plan of the land purchased. A deed, conveying the premises to the State, having been duly executed and recorded, the Executive proceeded to the appointment of a suitable person to superintend the erection of said Prison and other buildings, taking from the person thus appointed, a bond, with sufficient sureties, for the faithful appropriation of all such sums of money as should from time to time be entrusted to him. From the report of the Superintendant, it appears that a keeper's house, of stone, forty feet long, thirty feet wide, and two stories high, has been erected; a hospital, forty eight feet long, and twenty three feet wide, has likewise been erected, of stone, with stone flooring,

Description: The journal of the House of Representatives documents the proceedings in the chamber, including actions taken on bills, petitions and reports from committees read, and votes taken. The journals are not transcripts and therefore do not include floor speeches that are found in the modern Legislative Records.

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Language: English

Date: 1824

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