Mary Pengilly Diaries
Of all the work that Eugène and Nérée have done over the years, one of the projects of which they are most proud is Eugène’s uncovering of the diary of Mary Huestis Pengilly, a New Brunswick woman who was institutionalized in the “Provincial Lunatic Asylum” in St. John for six months starting in October, 1883. After her release from the hospital, she traveled to Fredericton to the home of the Lieutenant Governor and presented him with a copy of the diary she had kept while in the hospital. The same diary was published in 1885.
Read Mary Pengilly’s Diary, a rare 19th century patient voice.