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Record 23071

Reading Experience:

Words of a gentleman, well known to Fry, desirous of seeing and judging for himself effects of the experiment in Newgate Gaol, visited Newgate, and wrote: 'I was conducted by a decently-dressed person, the newly appointed yards-woman, to the door of a ward, where, at the head of a long table sat a lady belonging to the Society of Friends. She was reading aloud to the prisoners, who were engaged in needle work around it ... They all rose on my entrance, curtsied respectfully, and then at a signal given resumed their seats and employments.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Apr 1817 and 31 May 1817
Country: England
Time: daytime
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):
passive in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader: anon
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Female
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Unknown/NA
Occupation: unknown (lady prison visitor)
Religion: Quaker
Country of origin: unknown
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
female prisoners
Additional comments: n/a


Text Being Read:

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


Source Information:

Record ID: 23071  
Source - Print  
  Author: Elizabeth Fry
  Editor: Katharine Fry
  Title: Memoir of Elizabeth Fry, with extracts from her Journal and letters, edited by two of her daughters
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1847
  Vol: 1
  Page: 272
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Elizabeth Fry, Katharine Fry (ed.), Memoir of Elizabeth Fry, with extracts from her Journal and letters, edited by two of her daughters (London, 1847), 1, p. 272,, accessed: 19 February 2020

Additional comments:



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