John J. Crow
John Jonah Crow was a member of the 40th Regiment.
The following is a series of three letters claiming that drummer James Bennett and Private John Crow of the 40th regiment are lunatics.
Date 3 Nov 1854
Assistant Military Secretary requesting that two men belonging to 40th Regt. (Lunatics) being be removed to the Asylum.
Assistant Military Secretary’s Office Melbourne 3rd November 1854.
Sir. In transmitting the accompanying copy of a letter from the Officer in Command of the 40th Regiment with its enclosures from Surgeon Collings of that Corps reporting that the two men named in the margin are decided lunatics. I am directed by the Major General to request that you will move his Excellency the Lieutenant Governor to give instructions for these two individuals being placed in the Colonial Lunatic Asylum.
I have the honor to be
Your most obedient
William F. A. Wallace
Assistant Military Secretary
1 Nov. 1854 31st October 40th Regt Drummer James Bennett Private John J. Crow copy.
Melbourne. Victoria 1st November 1854
Sir, I have the honor to forward for the information of the Major General Commanding, a letter received from Dr Collings Surgeon of the Regiment under my Command, regarding two men, lunatics, named in the margin. In the temporary Hospital belonging to the Barracks, we have no sort of accommodation for Lunatics.
I therefore beg to recommend for the consideration of Sir Robert Nickle, the request that he may be pleased to obtain the sanction of the Lieutenant Governor to these men being placed in the Colonial Lunatic Asylum.
I have etc
Thos. J. Valiant
Commanding Officer 40 Regiment
Drummer James Bennett Private John J. Crow
Melbourne, Victoria October 31st 1854
Sir, I have the honor to report for the information of Lieut Colonel Valiant that the two men named in the margin are decided Lunatics, and that their presence in the Regimental Hospital owing to the insufficient accommodation affording no means of proper separation, it is not only detrimental to the other patients but militated against their own recovery. Under these circumstances I beg to suggest that measures should be taken for their removal to the Colonial Lunatic Asylum.
I have etc
(signed A Collings M.D)
Surgeon 40 Regt
Lt. and Adjutant Buckle
Drummer James Bennett Private John Jonah Crow 
Also SeeThomas Valiant
- VPRS 1189, Unit 140, File J 54/12.268, Transcribed by Christine Stancliffe