Reading Experience Database

Basic Search

Advanced Search

Record 23073

Reading Experience:

ms journal of Sophia de C-, one of the ladies of the Visiting Society for Newgate, entry dated 1 May 1817: '[school room] about twenty young women rose on our entrance and stood with their eyes cast to the ground. A young woman of respectable appearance, had offered herself as mistress, for keeping the young children in order; who were separated from their parents' words and placed in this room. I gave those who wished it permission to read to me, several could both read and write, some could say their letters, and others were in total ignorance, they wept as I asked them questions, and I read to them the parable of the prodigal son, as being particularly applicable to their present situation, they then resumed their needlework.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 1 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):
solitary reactive unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

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


Text Being Read:

Author: [n/a]
Title: [unknown]
Genre: Unknown
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: borrowed (institution library)


Source Information:

Record ID: 23073  
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: 277
  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. 277,, accessed: 25 February 2020

Additional comments:



Reading Experience Database version 2.0.  Page updated: 27th Apr 2016  3:15pm (GMT)