Poor Or Mad?

In an appendix to On The Writing Of The Insane, G. Mackenzie Bacon notes the similarity between the writing of the insane and the writing of the lower orders.

In the position I occupy I receive a good many letters from the poorer class, and have often had from some of my correspondents very odd specimens. The three following [which you can consult at the Public Domain Review] are from individuals belonging to what is called the sane portion of the public. In [one] the contrast between [the] style and those in the preceding pages [by certified lunatics] is perhaps not so well marked as one would like to expect.

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