Committed for Lunacy

Crime and Insanity – Patricidal Vicar


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[001358] [Crime and Insanity]. Warrant for the Reception of Thomas Iveson in the Bethel Lunatic Hospital in the City of Norwich. No Place: No Publisher, 1833. First Edition. 4to. Unbound. Manuscript. Good+. Four page manuscript document from 1833, the warrant for the reception of Thomas Iveson in the Bethel Lunatic Asylum in the city of Norwich, signed by both William IV and Lord Melbourne (then Home Secretary, later Prime Minister) and with a wax seal.

Slightly creased from old folds, some coloured paper residue to head of final page where it has been removed from an album, light staining to gutter edge with a couple of small holes, but generally fairly bright.

The warrant tells us that Iveson was tried at a gaol delivery session for the borough of Kings Lynn on the 9th of July for murder but was acquitted on the grounds of insanity. He was ordered by the court to be held in custody at the borough gaol pending the King’s pleasure as required. A warrant was then later issued directing him to be removed from the gaol to the Guardians Asylum for Lunatic Paupers, St Clements, Norwich, but he is then ordered to be removed to the Bethel Lunatic Hospital in the parish of St. Peter of Mancroft where he is to be kept in custody.

The Rev. Thomas Iveson murdered his father, the Rev. Arthur Iveson of South Lynn, shooting him with a pistol