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Record 23113

Reading Experience:

Recollections of Miss Young, who accompanied her father, Captain Young, to female convict ships at Woolwich: 'On board between two and three hundred women were assembled, in order to listen to the exhortation and prayers of, perhaps, the two brightest personifications of Christian philanthropy that the age could boast. Scarcely could two voices, even so distinguished for beauty and power be imagined, united in a more touching engagement: as indeed was intensified by the breathless attention, the tears and suppressed sobs of the gathered listeners. All of man's word however there heard, heart-stirring as it was at the time, has faded from my memory; but no lapse of time can ever efface the impression of the 107th Psalm, as read by Mrs Fry, with such extraordinary emphasis and intonation that it seemed to make the simple reading a commentary; and, as she passed from passage to passage, struck my youthful mind, as if the whole series of allusions may have been written by the pen of inspiration, in view of such a scene as was then before us. At an interval of twenty years, it is recalled to me as often as that Psalm is brought to my notice. Never in this world, can it be known to how many hearts its solemn appeals were that day carried home by that potent voice'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1826 and 31 Dec 1830
Country: England
Time: daytime
Place: city: London, Woolwich
other location: convict ship
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:

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)
female convicts, sailors, Captain Young and his daughter Miss Young
Additional comments: nee Gurney


Text Being Read:

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


Source Information:

Record ID: 23113  
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: 2
  Page: 11-12
  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), 2, p. 11-12,, accessed: 24 February 2020

Additional comments:



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