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 93 Vic. Correspondence—Lunatic Asylum. 661
RETURN
To an Address of the Legislative Assembly for copies of all papers connected with
charges made against the Superintendent, in regard to the management of
Lunatic Asylum.
By Command,
A. C. ELLIOTT,
Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
22nd April, 1876,
Mrs. Ross to Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Insane Asylum,
October 4th, 1874.
Sir,—I have the honour to inform you that the Superintendent of this Asylum told
me this morning that 1 must resign my position here as Matron, giving as a reason,
that he was going to be married, and wished to appoint his wife Matron in my stead.
Sir, I would respectfully state that I have no desire to resign.
I have faithfully endeavoured to perform my duty to the patients committed to my
care, as can be proved by all the medical officers who have attended them, and also by
the employes in the Asylum.
As the Superintendent informed me he had power to appoint or dismiss employes
at his pleasure, 1 would respectfully call your attention to Section 3 of " An Act respecting Asylums for the Insane."
Hoping you will give the above your consideration.
1 have, etc.,
(Signed) Flora Eoss,
Matron.
The Provincial Secretary io Mrs. Ross.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
5th October, 1874.
Madam,—In reply to your letter of this day acquainting me that you had been
notified by Mr. Sharp, the Superintendent of the Lunatic Asylum, that your services
would be no longer required as he was about to appoint another Matron, I have the
honor to inform you that I have acquainted Mr. Sharp that he has no authority either
to appoint or discharge the officers and servants of the Asylum.
I have, &c,
(Signed) John Ash.
The Provincial Secretary to the Superintendent of ihe Lunatic Asylum.
Provincial  Secretary's Office,
5th October, 1874.
Sis,—I have the honour to acquaint you that I have this day received from Mrs.
.Ross, the Matron of the Lunatic Asylum, a letter informing me that you had notified
her that her services would bo no longer required as you were about to appoint another
.Matron.
I beg to notify you that you have no authority to appoint or discharge officers or
servants in the .Asylum, and I have acquainted Mrs. Eoss accordingly.
1 have, &c.,
(Signed) John Ash.
55 Mrs. Ross to Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Insane Asylum,
Victoria, B.C., October 12th, 1874.
Sir,—I have the honour herewith to enclose a letter which I received from the
Superintendent of this Asylum, after he and myself also had each received our respective letters from you of October 5th.
1 have, etc.,
(Signed) Flora Eoss.
[Enclosure.]
Superintendent of Insane Asylum to Matron.
Provincial Insane Asylum,
Victoria, B.C., 5th October, 1874.
Dear Madam,—I have the honour to inform you that your services  will not be
required after one month from this date.
I have, etc.,
(Signed) E. A. Sharpe.
Mrs. Ross to Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Insane Asylum,
Victoria, B.C., October 14th, 1874.
Sir,—After receiving your letter of October 5th, wherein you informed Mr. Sharpe
he had no power to appoint or dismiss the officers of the Asylum, he sent me a letter
notifying me that my services as Matron would not be required one month from date
of said letter. I have the honour to state I wrote to you yesterday, enclosing said
letter, and asked Mr. Sharpe to forward it.
Sir, I would respectfully ask what authority the Superintendent of this Asylum is
lawfully entitled to exercise over me, as after the receipt of your letter mentioned
above, he acted in a manner quite unbecoming his position here, as Superintendent,
addressing me in loud, angry tones; telling me I was never to open the front door;
that I was to confine myself to the patients' room, and not to leave it without his permission; that he would not allow ladies to visit mo; that the most of them were half
breeds, and that he did not want Indians going up stairs; that he had power to turn
me out of the Asylum that day month. He ordered me to send my boy out of the
Asylum, and on my asking permission to go and make arrangements with some one to
take the child in, was peremptorily refused, telling me if I went out of the Asylum, 1
should be locked out, and not allowed to come in again. He called his two assistants,
—Mr. Goode and Mr. Milligan—told them he was going to town, and if I left the
Asylum during his absence, they were not to allow me to come in again. All this was
said in presence of the employes and in hearing of my patients, some of whom are
quite sane enough to comprehend the situation, thereby lessening my influence over
them, by hearing Mr. Sharpe addressing me in tones of such disrespect.
Sir, 1 do not want a repetition of such behaviour towards me by the Superintendent. I consider it degrading to my self-respect, particularly so as I have done nothing
to merit it. The sole cause of his displeasure was because I had written and asked you
if he had authority to dismiss me. From the first day of my arrival in this Asylum, up
to the present hour, I have always treated Mr. Sharpe with uniform respect; according
him all that was due to him as Superintendent of the Asylum. 1 would also state that
the ladies who are in the habit of visiting me, are all of the highest respectability; most
of them moving in the best society in Victoria—and also that I never allow their visits
in any way to interfere with my duties here.
I would respectfully ask that matters may be brought to as speedy a termination
as possible, and would pray you to inform me whether I am to continue here as Matron
and what authority the Superintendent is justified in exercising over me.
1 have, etc.,
(Signed) Flora Boss. 89 Vic Correspondence—Lunatic Asylum. 663
The Provincial Secretary io the Superintendent of the Lunatic Asylum.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
14th October, 1874.
Sir,—I have received a letter from the Matron of the Lunatic Asylum, covering a
letter from you to her notifying her that her services would not be required after one
month from 5th inst.
I have to repuest you will inform me :—
1. As to the grounds on which you have served the Matron with notice to quit ?
2. What arrangements have you made to supply her place ?
3. Was the notice to Mrs. Eoss given after you had received my letter informing
you that you had no authority to dismiss servants of the Asylum ?
I have, &c,
(Signed) John Ash.
Ihe Superintendent of the Lunatic Asylum io the Provincial Secretary.
Insane Asylum, Victoria, B. C.
16th October, 1874.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 14th inst.
1st. Eequesting me to give you my reasons for notifying the Matron to quit. 2nd. What
arrangements I had made to supply her place ? 3rd. Was the notice given to Mrs. Eoss
after 1 had received your letter of the 5th inst.?
1st.—For violating the following clauses of the General Eegulations of the Asylum,
viz., Clauses 1, 2, 3, 6, 7, 11, 13, 14, and 17, which Eegulations I enclose for your information.
2nd.—I intend to have my wife act as Matron.
3rd.'—-I delivered the notice to Mrs. Eoss after the receipt of your letter of the 5th
inst., as I was of the opinion that I had the same power that is vested in all Superintendents of Asylums.
I have, &c.
(Signed) E. A. Sharpe.
2he Superintendent of the Insane Asylum- io the Provincial Secretary.
Insane Asylum, Victoria, B. C.
20th October, 1874.
Sir,—1 have the honour to inform you that the Matron, Mrs. Eoss, continues daily
to violate Clauses 13 and 14 of tho General Eegulations governing officers and servants
of the Insane Asylum.
In her absence the female patients is either locked in their rooms or roam at will
about the house. Yesterday I had to remove one of the female patients on two occasions
from the male ward. Such things would not occur if the Superintendent had not been
stripped of the authority that is vested in all officers that is in charge of Insane
Asylums.
I have, &c,
(Signed) E. A. Sharpe.
The Provincial Secretary to the Superintendent of the Insane Asylum.
Provincial Secretary's Office,   ~
22nd October, 1874.
Sir,—With reference to your letter of the 16th instant, in which  you report that
the Matron of the Asylum has violated certain of the General Eegulations of the institution, I have to request that you will acquaint me if you have from time to time
notified to such Matron the infraction by her of the Eegulations in question.
I have, &c.,
(Signed) John Ash. 664 Correspondence—Lunatic Asylum. 1876
Provincial Secretary to Mrs. Ross.
Provincial Secretary's Office.
22nd October, 1874.
Madam,—I have the honour to acquaint you, with reference to your letter of the
12th instant, that the notice of discharge given you by the Superintendent of the Asylum is without authority, and that that officer has been so informed.
1 have, &c,
(Signed) John Ash.
Superintendent to Provincial Secretary.
Insane Asylum, Victoria, B.C.,
23rd October, 1874.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 22nd inst.,
requesting me to acquaint you if 1 had notified the Matron of her violating tho regulations of the Asylum.
I have the honour to inform you that I posted, in three conspicuous places, the
General Eegulations, so that it would be impossible for Mrs. Eoss to go up or come
down stairs without seeing them. The instructions I had the honour of receiving from
your predecessor, makes it part of my duty to report to you any officer or servant who
may violate the rules of the Institution. Nor can I see anything in said instructions
that makes it my duty to inform officers of their violating the rules of the house, as it
appears I have performed my whole duty by informing the Honourable Provincial Secretary of such violation.
I have, etc.,
(Signed) E. A. Sharpe.
The Provincial Secretary to the Superintendent of the Insane Asylum,.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
27th October, 1874.
Sir,—With reference to your letter of the 23rd instant, I have to request you will
acquaint me with the dates on which the alleged violations of the Lunatic Asylum
Eegulations were made by the Matron, Mrs. Eoss.
I have, &c,
(Signed) John Ash.
Superintendent of Lnsane Asylum to Provincial Secretary.
Insane Asylum, Victoria, B.C.
29th October, 1874.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 27th inst.
to-day, requesting me to acquaint you on what dates the Matron violated the Asylum
regulations.
In reply, I have the honour to inform you that the following is a few of the dates
on which the Matron violated the rules of the establishment, namely: In 1873, April 12;
July 31; August 14; October 16 and 20; and in 1874, January 11; do. 29; and October,
5, 10,16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21 and 24.
I have, etc.,
(Signed) E. A. Sharpe.
Mrs. Ross to Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Insane Asylum,
Victoria, B.C., November 5th, 1874.
Sir,—I have the honour to inform you that I am again under the unpleasant necessity of making complaint to you respecting the arbitrary manner in which 1 am treated
by the Superintendent of this Asylum.    He has forbidden me going into the kitchen to 39 Vic. Correspondence—Lunatic Asylum. 665
do anything in the way of cooking, and has given orders to the cook accordingly.
Yesterday morning on my going into the kitchen to make some tea for my patients; he
reprimanded the cook for allowing me to do so, telling her he would not speak to her
again about it, but that the next time she permitted me to do any cooking he would
discharge her.
I have been in the habit of going into the kitchen to see that the food for my
patients is properly prepared, and often making something for them without in any
way interfering with the cook. All I do is for the benefit of my patients. I consider
it my duty to do all 1 can to promote their comfort. Mr. Sharpe, in curtailing my
privileges, is doing an injury to them. A few days ago, 1 asked the .keeper to give me
some articles I required for the shirts I was then making for the male patients; he
replied thus: " Mrs. Eoss, Mr. Sharpe has given me orders not to let you have anything
you ask for."
I would also state that not only has Mr. Sharpe acted in an unbecoming manner
towards me, but he has allowed others to do so; for instance, early in the summer, a
man named Mills—who has two sisters here, patients in the Asylum—made use of the
most insulting language to me, in presence of Mr. Sharpe, who stood by without once
offering to silence Mr. Mills, as it was his duty to have protected me from such unmerited and unprovoked insult. And on another occasion, 1 asked the cook—a Chinaman—
to prepare something for the table, he swore at me; I reported it to Mr. Sharpe, but
he took no notice of it. I have come to the conclusion that 1 need not expect any protection from the Superintendent, being fully persuaded by his past actions that he
would allow any one here to insult me with perfect impunity.
I wish also to call your attention to the way the male patients, when ill, are
treated. There has been several cases of illness; in every case the patient has died.
Never, in one single instance, have I ever known anything prepared for them while
ill, that would be considered suitable food for persons in their ailing condition. They
are given the same coarse food partaken of by the patients who are in good health;
and I have often seen the dishes brought out of their rooms with their food untouched. I
have known the keeper to come into the kitchen and pour hot water over some pieces
of bread, and on inquiring, was told it was food for a sick patient. I have remonstrated with him, and said it was a shame to give the sick such food as that. He concurred
with me, but said it was no fault of his; neither was it. Much as we would wish to do
so, no one here would undertake to order, on their own responsibility, the cook to prepare anything for either sick or well. Mr. Sharpe considers it his exclusive privilege
to give all orders; and have heard him tell the cooks to obey no orders but his. It is
owing to that fact that I have been in the habit of going into tho kitchen to prepare
anything 1 consider requisite for my patients, well knowing it would be useless to ask
the cook to do it.
A few weeks ago, one of my patients was ill; the doctor ordered me to give her
nourishing food. I requested him to speak to Mr. Sharpe about it; whether he did so,
1 cannot say. But this I know, the patient never received the prescribed food through
Mr. Sharpe's providing. A similar case occurred last summer; I apj.lied to Mr. Sharpe,
and this was his reply: "Sho is a pauper patient, and the Government will not go to
any expense on her account."
Sir, I would also respectfully state that I strongly object to the course pursued by
the Superintendent, of seemingly altogether to ignore my position here as Matron;
coming into the female wards whenever he chooses, without so much as knocking at
the door. And I also object to his bringing male visitors, as he has often done, into
the female department, without first notifying me; as sometimes when he has so done,
my patients have been in a state not proper to be seen. But such a piece of common
courtesy as asking me whether it would be convenient to visit the female ward, has
never yet been accorded me by Mr. Sharpe.
I respectfully ask to be informed what is my authority here as Matron? What
rules am I to conform to? In what manner the Superintendent is justified in interfering with me in my management of patients committed to my care, and what obedience
am 1 to render to the Superintendent?
Asking your consideration for all I have herein set forth.
I have, etc.,
(Signed) Flora Ross. 666 Correspondence—Lunatic Asylum. 1876
The Provincial Secretary to the Superintendent of the Lunatic Asylum.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
19th November, 1874.
Sir,—I have to request you will furnish me with the names of all persons appointed
by you to any service in the Linatic Asylum since its commencement.
I have, etc.,
(Signed) John Ash.
Provincial Secretary to Dr. Matthews.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
19th November, 1874.
Sir,—1 have the honour to request you will be good enough to acquaint me if you
have observed any neglect of duty on the part of Mrs. Eoss, the Matron of the Insane
Asylum, or if you have heard any complaints against her from the Superintendent.
I have, &c,
(Signed) John Ash.
Dr. Matthews to the Provincial Secretary.
Langley Street, Victoria,
November 22nd, 1874.
Sir,—In answer to your communication of the 19th November I beg leave to state
that I have always found the Matron of the Lunatic Asylum fulfilling her duties to
those under her charge quite to my satisfaction, and no written complaint has ever
come to me from the Superintendent concerning her.
1 have, &c,
(Signed) J. B. Matthews.
The Superintendent of the Insane Asylum to the Provincial Secretary.
Insane Asylum, Victoria, B. C.
7th December, 1874.
Sir,—1 have the honour to request that you will inform me what steps it is necessary for me to take to remove a disobedient, dishonest, or a person of an immoral character, or one that breaks the rules of the Insane Asylum with impunity. I make bold
to ask these questions as you were good enough to inform me that 1 could neither hire
or discharge officers or servants in this Institution, although I entered the Government
service as Superintendent of the Insane Asylum with the distinct understanding that 1
could discharge improper persons and fill their places with more deserving Government
servants.
1 have, &c,
(Signed) E. A. Sharpe.
Mrs. Ross to Hon. Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Insane Asylum,
December 14th, 1874.
Sir,—I have the honour to inform you that the Superintendent still continues his
arbitrary treatment of me at every opportunity, as you will see by the notes I enclose.
I also wish to inform you that when I was ill a few days ago, Mr. Sharpe gave
orders to his assistant, Mr. Goode, not to render me any assistance, and not to come
near me-if 1 was dying ; also forbade him bringing me any medicine from town.
I have, etc.,
(Signed) Flora Eoss,
Matron. 39 Vic. Correspondence—Lunatic Asylum. 66t
[Enclosure.]
Provincial Insane Asylum.
November 7th.—Wanted the coal oil; found that Mr. Sharpe had locked it up from
me; sent Mr. Goode to ask him for it; Mr. Sharpe refused to give it to him, telling him
to tell Mrs. Eoss to come and ask him for it herself.
November llth.—In the evening went to fill my lamp; saw a stranger named Mr.
West trimming the other lamps. He asked me if I wanted the coal oil; I told him 1 did.
He went and asked Mr. Sharpe for the oil. Mr. Sharpe asked whether it was for Mrs.
Eoss ? On being told it was, was told to "tell Mrs. Eoss to come and ask me for it
herself, and then remarked to his assistant, " I enjoy doing this sort of thing."
November 15th.—Asked the cook to keep a chop warm for me, as 1 was engaged
with one of my patients and could not come to breakfast just then. She replied, " No,
Mrs. Eoss; Mr. Sharpe made a great to do about the hash I put aside for you yesterday ; you must eat what is on the table."
November 20th—Before going out with my patients, as was my usual custom, 1
went to notify Mr. Sharpe. I knocked loudly several times at the door of the room he
was in ; he paid no attention, although he knew I was there. I then sent Mr. Goode
to tell him 1 wished to see him, and then he would not come.
November 21st.—In the evening, while upstairs with my patients, 1 heard Mr.
Sharpe shouting to me in loud angry tones from the foot of the stairs, saying I had
been insulting one of the officers of the house, that 1 had better keep my tongue to
myself, etc., etc.    I had insulted no one.
December 12.—On the morning of the 10th instant one of my patients [Miss Mills]
went to Mr. Sharpe and informed him that 1 did not open her door until after the other
patients' breakfast was on the table. Mr. Sharpe was perfectly well aware she was
complaining without cause, for his own patients had not yet had their breakfast, and
had not her door been opened at the proper time she could not have been there complaining. But he encouraged her by saying she was quite right, to pass it by this
time, but that the next time she came to complain of me he would notice it.
For months past Mr. Sharpe has quite taken the charge of the Misses Mills, allowing them jjrivileges not accorded to any ono else in the Asylum, permitting them to
stay up at night as late as they wished, and to rise whenever it suited them. Consequently, Miss Mills became quite an annoyance, by keeping up a continual racket in
her room late at night, disturbing my other patients, who have frequently complained
to me that they were prevented from sleeping on account of the noise in Miss Mills'
room. 1 spoke to Mr. Sharpe several times about it, but no notice was taken. Finally,
I wrote him officially [I enclose a copy], still the annoyance was allowed to go on
nightly. 1 then reported the matter to the medical officer, and he has put a stop to it.
And it was on the morning following, after I had reported to the medical officer, that
Miss Mills complained of me, and Mr. Sharpe was willing to take her part without
asking me for an explanation. He was angry at my mentioning the matter to the
doctor, as after I had done so he remarked to his assistants, " That Indian [meaning
me] has been complaining to the doctor about Jane Mills."
(Signed) Flora Eoss,
Matron.
[Enclosure.]
Mrs. Ross to Mr. Sharpe.
[Copy.] Provincial Insane Asylum,
November 27th, 1874.
Sir,—I have the honor to say that 1 wish to call your attention to Miss Mills being
up every night until 12 o'clock, and sometimes even later, disturbing the patient occupying the next room by her sweeping, scrubbing, etc. If Miss Mills is doing so
contrary to your wishes or the rules of the Asylum^" 1 would respectfully ask you, sir,
to inform her of the fact, as you are well aware that it would be useless for me to give
her any orders; and I do not wish hereafter to be reprimanded for allowing a patient
in my department to be up with lights and fire hours after all the other inmates of the
establishment, the Superintendent included, have retired.   I have, etc.,
(Signed) Flora Eoss. 668 Correspondence—Lunatic Asylum. 1876
The Provincial Secretary to the Superintendent of the Insane Asylum.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
17th December, 1874.
Sir,—1 am instructed by the Lieutenant-Governor in Council to reprimand you for
your improper conduct in attempting to dismiss Mrs. Eoss from her office of Matron of
the Lunatic Asylum.
You are further ordered to abstain from interfering with the Matron in the exercise of any of her customary duties and privileges. The Matron is authorized to attend Divine Service and to have reasonable opportunity to visit and to receive the visits
of her friends, to be assisted when she deems it necessary by any of the employes of
the Asylum, more especially of the cook in regard to her own food and that of the female
patients who are placed under her sole control.
1 have, &c,
(Signed) John Ash.
The Provincial Secretary to Mrs. Ross.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
17th December, 1874.
Madam,—With reference to the attempt made by the Superintendent to dismiss
you from the Asylum, and to your complaint of unfair and unjust conduct on his part
towards you, 1 have to acquaint you that that officer has been ordered to abstain from
interfering with you in the exercise of your customary duties and privileges.
He has been acquainted that you are authorized to attend Divine Service on Sundays, to have reasonable opportunity to visit and receive the visits of your friends, to
be assisted when you deem necessary by any of the employes, more especially by the
cook with regard to your own food and that of the female patients, who, the Superintendent has been informed, are placed under your sole control.
1 have, &c,
(Signed) John Ash.
Mrs. Ross to the Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Insane Asylum.
December 19th, 1874.
Sir,—I have the honour to inform you,that the Superintendent was insolent and an-
■ noymg m his conduct to me yesterday. He went into the kitchen and in loud, excited
tones told the cook not to come to him any more for orders, that 1 was made sole
mistress of the kitchen, &c. I very respectfully informed him he was labouring under a
mistake, I produced the letter I had the honour of receiving from you and showed him
all that had reference to the cook, and told him 1 had neither the intention nor the
right to interfere in any way with his patients or his orders to the cook respecting
their meals. He would not heed me but went on to tell the cook that " the Provincial
Secretary's letter meantthis : If Mrs. Eoss choosesto order you to cook a chop for her patients and there is not one in the house, you are to do it," and further he told the cook
that " now Mrs. Eoss had charge of the kitchen if anything is stolen you will of course
report it to me." I then went up stairs and he called out to me that he had taken the
key of the front door out of his room and I would find it hanging on a nail in the passage as he did not wish me to go into his room any more, he having lost some valuable
papers. I made him no reply. He then sent his assistant, M.r. Goode, upstairs to me
with the same message. I made no reply. Mr. Sharpe sent him up a second time to
ask whether I wished to take possession of the storeroom key ? I referred him to the
letter he had received from the Provincial Secretary, wherein were specified what privileges were to be accorded me.   He came up a third time to say he understood from the reading'of said letter that I was to have the key of the storeroom. I respectfully
asked Mr. Goode to go down and ask Mr. Sharpe for a copy of his instructions from
the Provincial Secretary. I could then see wherein they differed from those I had received. Mr. Goode went down and Mr. Sharpe delivered him another message for me,
but that gentleman declined coming to annoy me a fourth time.
Mr. Sharpe also told me he intended to have all charges I had made against him
sifted to the very bottom. I replied that 1 hoped he would do so, that I was not one
bit afraid of what he would do. When I had reached the head of the stairs he called
out at the top of his voice " and who's afraid of you ? a woman with a dozen husbands."
I turned and descended the stairs, asked Mr. Goode, who was in the adjoining room, if
he heard the insulting remark Mr. Sharpe had made to me, he said he did. 1 also asked
Mr. Sharpe to explain what he meant by saying that 1 was not to go into his room as
he had lost some valuable papers. He told me it was not his business to explain, and
that he meant what he said. I was not to go into his room as he had lost some valuable
papers.    He repeated the words several times.
Sir, I consider Mr. Sharpe's insinuations insulting in the extreme. I have been' in
the Asylum now over two years as Matron and I am willing to undergo the closest investigation so far as my conduct in this house is concerned. The employes can all be
questioned whether during my living amongst them they had ever seen anything in my
behaviour to justify Mr. Sharpe in making those unseemly remarks to me in their hearing and presence.
I have, &c,
(Signed) Flora Eoss.
The Provincial Secretary to the Superintendent of the Lunatic Asylum.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
21st December, 1875.
Sir,—I forward herewith a letter, addressed to me by Mrs. Eoss, the Matron of the
Insane Asylum, with the request that you will return the same to me with a statement
as to whether the allegations therein contained are true or not.   I have, &c,
(Signed) John Ash.
The Provincial Secretary to the Superintendent of the Lunatic Asylum.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
24th December, 1874.
Sir,—I have to acquaint you that Mrs. Eoss' letter, on which you were called upon
to report in mine of the 2-1 st inst., was inadvertently omitted to be forwarded to you.
I now  enclose  the same with the request that you will   state forthwith if the
allegations therein contained are true or false.    I have &c,
(Signed) John Ash,
Mrs. Ross to Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Insane Asylum,
December 23rd, 1874.
Sir,—I have the honor to enclose an apology which I received from Mr. Sharpe,
expressing regret for the language he made use of to me last Friday, and which I consi dered
my duty to report to you. I would also state that when the apology was offered, I informed Mr. Sharpe that I had already reported his language to the Provincial Secretary.
Sir, Mr. Sharpe has expressed a desire to be in future on peaceable terms, and as I
have all along been acting in self-defence, and not actuated by any spirit of vindictive-
ness, I think it is proper to meet his overtures in the same manner he offers them, and
would respectfully request that my letter of Saturday, December 19th, be unnoticed, if
practicable so to do. But in justice to myself, I would respectfully say that I do not
wish such request, or my acceptance of his apology, to be construed as a desire on my
part to avoid an investigation of my conduct. I am willing, if such investigation is
deemed necessary, to undergo it fully and strictly.
I have, etc.,
(Signed) Flora Eoss.
56 670 Correspondence—Lunatic Asylum. 1876
[Enclosure.]
Superintendent of Insane Asylum to Matron.
Insane Asylum, Victoria, B.C.,
22nd December, 1874.
Madam, —I very much regret the language I made use of on the 18th instant, especially saying that you had a dozen husbands. As it was said in passion, I therefore
apologise, and request that you will consider it as not said.
I have, etc.,
(Signed) E. A. Sharpe.
Superintendent of Insane Asylum to Provincial Secretary.
Insane Asylum, Victoria, B.C.,
30th December, 1874.
Sir,—I have the honour to acknowledge the receipt of your letter of the 24th inst.,
yesterday, with a letter enclosed, that you had received from Mrs. Eoss. In your letter
you instructed me to state if certain allegations contained in Mrs. Eoss' letter were true
or false.
In reply, I have the honour to inform you that they are partly true and partly
false. It is true that I lost my temper, and said what I was sorry for, and apologised
to Mrs. Eoss. She accepted the apology, and expressed her satisfaction, and said that
she would send you a letter stating that she was fully satisfied with my conduct towards
her.    I have no means of knowing whether she has done so or not.
I must here state that if every word spoken in an Asylum to officers, calls for an
official investigation, the Superintendent will have little time to attend to the affairs of
the house.
Sir, I have the honour to request that the Governor-in-Council will cause the most
searching inquiry into my every act since I became Superintendent of the Provincial
Insane Asylum; my conduct to officers; my treatment of patients; and the manner in
which I managed the financial business of the Asylum; and what I have done with the
money belonging to patients. Also that the former and present medical Superintendents be examined; that the visitors may be questioned as to the state they found the
house and patients; that all former officers and servants of the Asylum be examined
under oath. I have no fear for the result, as it will enable me to meet my enemies face
to face, and will in some way settle the present unsatisfactory state of affairs. I have
nothing to hide or cover from the Government; everything will stand the light of day.
I have, etc.,
(Signed) E. A. Sharpe.
The Provincial Secretary to the Superintendent of the Lunatic Asylum.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
31st December, 1874.
Sir,—With reference to your letter of yesterday's date, in reply to mine of the 24th
instant, on the subject of language, alleged by Mrs. Eoss, to have been used to her by
you on the occasion of your receiving from me a written reprimand in conformity with
a decision of the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, in which you say " that if every word
" spoken in an Asylum to officers calls for an official investigation, the Superintendent
" will little time to attend to the affairs of the House," and claim to have the matter
brought to the consideration of the Lieutenant-Governor in Council, I have to acquaint
you that the matter will be so dealt with, and that pending a decision, you are suspended from the exercise of the duties of the Superintendent of the Asylum and from any
connection with its management.
You will give up all keys, moneys, documents, and property belonging to the
Asylum into the hands of the officer next in rank to yourself, who will receive and pay
the salaries for the present month.
I have, &c,
(Signed) John Ash. Provincial Secretary to Mr. Goode.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
31st December, 1874.
Sir,—The Superintendent of the Asylum having been suspended from the exercise
of his duties, the charge of the establishment will fall upon you until further orders.
Mr. Sharpe has been directed to hand over to you all property now in his hands
belonging to the Asylum, and has been acquainted that until the matter be decided, he
will have nothing whatever to do with the management of the Asylum. You will personally report to me, should anything be wanted, or any difficulty arise; or in the event
of your requiring more help.    I have, etc., ."(Signed) John Ash.
P.S.—You will call at the Treasury as soon as possible, to receive and pay the salaries for the present month. J. A,
Superintendent of Insane Asylum to Provincial Secretary.
Insane Asylum, Victoria, B.C., 2nd January, 1875.
Sir,—I have the honour to request that you will allow me to withdraw my letter of
the 30th ultimo.    In said letter I asked for an investigation into my conduct as Superintendent of Insane Asylum.    I now most respectfully ask to recall said letter.
I have,-etc., (Signed) E. A. Sharpe.
The Provincial Secretary to the Superintendent of the Insane Asylum.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
2nd January, 1875.
Sir,—In reply to your letter of this day's date, and after the verbal explanation
you have given with respect to the circumstances of your suspension faom the office of
Superintendent of the Insane Asylum, I hereby consent to the withdrawal of your letter of the 30th December and re-install you in your office.   I have, &c,
(Signed) John Ash.
Ihe Provincial Secretary to Mr. Goode.
Provincial Secretary's Office,
2nd January, 1875.
Sir,—I have the honour to inform you that Mr. Sharpe is re-instated in his office
of Superintendent of the Asylum.   You will therefore return to Mr. Sharpe any papers,
&c., which he may have placed in your keeping.    I have, &c,
(Signed) John Ash.
M. J. Goode to the Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Insane Asylum,
17th August, 1875.
Sir,—I have the honour to report that on the 16th inst. the Superintendent stated
in the presence of Mr. Phillips and myself, that there had been many things stolen from
his office. I therefore as an emplove of the Asylum respectfully ask you to inquire into
this matter. Furthermore I have no hesitation in saying that I can show where Mr.
Sharpe has appropriated Government property to the interest of persons unconnected
with the Asylum.    I have, &c, (Signed) M. J. Goode.
Provincial Secretary to Mr. W. C. Loye.
* Provincial Secretary's Office,
26th August, 1875.
Sir,—I have learned from Mr. Goode of the Lunatic Asylum that you are prepared
to state that Mr. Sharpe has appropriated Government property to his own use, and
that you are willing to state the circumstances of the matter.
I have therefore'to allow you, if tho above information be correct, to meet Mr.
Sharpe at the Government Buildings to-morrow morning at 11 o'clock, and as this is
a matter of great importance to Mr. Sharpe, I trust you will not fail to attend.
I have, etc.,
(Signed) John Ash, 672 Correspondence—Lunatic Asylum. 1876.
Mr. Loye's Evidence.
Mr. W. C. Loye attended at the Provincial Secretary's Office, in accordance with
above letter, and gave the following evidence, which was taken down at the time by
the Deputy Provincial Secretary, in presence of Dr. Ash and Mr. Sharpe :—
William C. Loye—I was appointed 12th October, 1872, Assistant Superintendent
Provincial Lunatic Asylum ; left April, 1873. From that date to April, 1873, Mr.
Sharpe appropriated to his own private use socks bought for patients ; also underclothing, i. e., drawers. I could not state the number of either. This statement is
made oi my own knowledge, and not acquired from others.
Question—Who had charge of the stores ?
Answer—The stores were in Mr. Sharpe's charge.
Question—Did you ever mention the subject to him ?
Answer—No. Mrs. Eoss and I spoke upon it, as the washing was done in the
house for Sharpe ; mine was not done in the house.
Mr. Sharpe denied in reference to drawers; admits having worn socks.
Mr. Sharpe—I may have put on patients' socks ; my bills would show what my
private clothing was. 	
Mr. Goode to Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Insane Asylum,
24th September, 1875.
Sir—Once more it is my painful duty to trouble you in regard to the management
of this institution. As we are circumstanced at present, with small-pox in the house, I
think it behoves us all to act in harmony in every possible way. Sir, I reluctantly
report that Mr. Sharpe's conduct to the employes of this Asylum, myself in particular,
is most disgraceful and brutal. He is continually wrangling with all of us. Since 10
a. .m. yesterday he has been nearly drunk, and this morning he was very quarrelsome.
At some remark I made in the yard he called me a liar. I then called him a liar.
And at the breakfast table, on my saying that the carpenters who were at work here
ought to be told that the small-pox was in the house, he told me to mind my own
business. Some sharp words followed between us, and as I got up to leave the table
and was walking past where he sat, he rose from his chair and struck me twice. Mrs.
Eoss, Mr. Phillips and Mr. Donnelly were at the table at breakfast. They interfered
and stopped the quarrel. Now, Sir, I would respectfully ask you whether such conduct is to be tolerated from a man because he is head of the house ? I will refer you
to the other officers of tho house for the corroboration of the facts herein stated ; and
also 1 would wish them to be questioned whether I have ever in any way tried to mar
the peace of the establishment.    I have, etc.,
(Signed) M. J. Goode.
Mr. Phillips, Mr. Donnelly, and Mrs. Ross, to Provincial Secretary.
Provincial Insane Asylum,
September 24th, 1875.
Sir,—We, the undersigned officers of the Asylum, feel it incumbent on ourselves
to call your attention to the disgraceful manner in which the Superintendent is daily
conducting himself, by becoming intoxicated and constantly quarrelling and interfering
with us in a most unjustifiable manner. We are all ready and willing to obey any
orders given us respecting the work of the Asylum, and to treat Mr. Sharpe with the
respect due him as Superintendent ; but, we regret being compelled to say, his behavior to us renders it a matter of impossibility to respect one who seemingly does not
respect himself. This morning he so far forgot the dignity of his position as to pick a
quarrel with one of the officers at the breakfast table and fight him. Sir, under the
existing state of affairs, living in the Asylum is becoming unbearable. We consider it
our duty to make complaint to you, trusting you will investigate the matter.
We have, etc.,
(Signed) James Phillips, Keeper.
John Donnelly, Night-watch.
Flora Eoss, Matron.

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