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Record 22415

Reading Experience:

'I then went to town, and at Newgate, where I went under feelings of rather deep concern, found unexpectedly [underline] numbers [end underline] there. A magistrate who I feared not I believe a religious man, I doubt a Christian, numbers of others, foreigners, a Jew, a clergyman, [underline] many [end underline] ladies, friends, my brother Sam, who strange to say, I stand in awe of naturally in such services, kind, dear and sympathetic as he is to me. I think I may say I asked in secret for preservation before I began to read; at least it was my earnest desire to have my eyes kept single to my God: but either the fear of man got too much hold of me, or the [underline] unction [end underline] was not with me, that I did not feel the power of truth over us, as it very often has been at such times, and I am ready to believe if I had not looked at man, but dwelt yet deeper in spirit I should have had to call upon the Lord openly, and I should have found help and power in it. But I went away humbled...'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 2 Feb 1828
Country: England
Time: afternoon
Place: city: London
specific address: Newgate Gaol
other location: prison
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader:Elizabeth Fry
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth 21 May 1780
Socio-economic group: Professional / academic / merchant / farmer
Occupation: wife of merchant
Religion: Quaker
Country of origin: England
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
prisoners (female), brother Samuel Gurney, sister in law Elizabeth Fry, a magistrate, a Jew, a clergymen, ladies, friends
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

Author: [n/a]
Title: Bible
Genre: Bible
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 22415  
  Source - Manuscript
  Author: Elizabeth Fry
  Title: Journal
  Location: British Library
  Call no: Add Mss 47457
  Page/folio: ff. 55

Citation: Elizabeth Fry, Journal British Library, p. Add Mss 47457, p. ff. 55,, accessed: 11 August 2020

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