House Journal 1824 (30-318939-P114A.pdf)
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and covering, and that a strong and substantial prison of stone, containing fifty cells for the confinement of convicts, has been entirely completed. The range of cells is so constructed that additions may be conveniently made to any desirable extent, as they shall become necessary. A yard enclosing the whole, of sufficient height and convenient size, is nearly completed. It has been deemed advisable to delay finishing the interior of the second story of the prison, which will probably be occupied as a workshop, or for purposes connected with the support of the convicts, until the Legislature shall have decided in what manner they are to be employed. The building of workshops separate from the prison, has also been omitted, as the use for them would depend entirely upon the same decision. The cells not having been completed until the last of November, it is not probable that they will be sufficiently dried and in a suitable situation to be occupied with safety to health until the ensuing Spring - The whole expense of the prison, keeper's house, hospital and yard, in its present situation, including the sum paid for the land, is short of twenty six thousand dollars; and the Superintendant estimates that fifteen hundred dollars more will be fully sufficient to meet all the additional necessary expenditures. A full report of the proceedings of the Superintendant, exhibiting the several items of expense, accompanied by proper vouchers, will be laid before you, agreeably to the provisions of the law under
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