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A Report on Food and Diet, with Observations on the Dietetical Regimen, Suited for Almshouses, Prisons, and Hospitals, 1852

Excerpt from A Report on Food and Diet, With Observations on the Dietetical Regimen, Suited for Almshouses, Prisons, and Hospitals, 1852: Also on Heating, Ventilation, With Practical Recommendations I herewith submit a report on the matters submitted to my examination by you. You need no information relative to its history, but others may desire to know something of the motives which induced you to seek the information, and me to attempt to give it. The Commissioners of Emigration were organized under circumstances of peculiar difficulty. An immense flood of emigration set upon our shores in consequence of the famine in Ireland, and civil commotion in other portions of Europe. The emigrants were mostly very poor, they were landed in a state of great destitution, and many were suffering from severe disease. This state of things could not be adequately met by private charity or by any existing institution. In this emergency, the legislature of 1847, organized the Board of Commissioners of Emigration, granting them funds barely sufficient for the ordinary support of the masses who were seeking relief from their hands. It was impossible to hire buildings, the fears of the community lest contagion might reach them from the asylum, imperatively demanded that it should be placed in an isolated position. These circumstance requiring a large outlay, at once, and without delay, imposed a necessity on the Commissioners to practice the most rigid economy in all the details of their management. Among other plans of economy, the attention of the Commissioners was directed to the best mode of feeding the persons under their care, but nothing could be found in books to guide or assist them in their inquiries. Under these circumstances, my friend, Cyrus Curtiss was appointed by the board, in the spring of 1860, a committee to procure a suitable agent to visit the best institutions in our country, who should study the system of management pursued in each, and also seek information in relation to the cheapest and most nutritious kinds of diet, with the most economical processes for their preparation. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
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