Following her successful crusade in Massachusetts, Dorothea Dix traveled around the United States on a mission to improve the conditions in other asylums and institutions. This memorial letter written by Dix and given to Congress, is one asking for land to be given by the United States government to help the “numerous and increasing class of sufferers” (1). This memorial gives scope to understanding just how wide Dorothea Dix’s name was spread during her years as a mental health reformer.
Dix, Dorothea Lynde. Memorial of D.L. Dix: Praying a Grant of Land for the Relief and Support of the Indigent Curable and Incurable Insane in the United States, 1848. Washington: Printed by Tippin & Streeper, 1848.