1848: The New Jail

Is finished and in operation. It is situated in front of the Alms House–built of Portland freestone–provided with two rows of cells, seven on the ground tier and five above, including two spacious and not unpleasant rooms designed for a “lock up.” The aspect of the building from without is somewhat gloomy and forbidding, as becomes its purpose. The prevailing feature is strength. Within the eye is pleased by the white hard walls of the outer space, and a feeling of security creeps over one, as he looks at the strong locks of the iron doors. The jail was built by Mr. B. D. Sage, of this city and it affords a most convincing proof of the solidity of his masonry.

The Commissioners, Linus Parmelee, Files Blague, and David Evarts, Esqs., to whom was committed the business of erection, have acquitted themselves to the satisfaction of all concerned.

Note: There is some defect in the joinery given by the Commissioners to I. W. Baldwin, which we hope to see radically remedied.
From The Constitution (Middletown, Connecticut), Wednesday, July 19, 1848.

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