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Record 23130

Reading Experience:

Officials invited into Newgate to see the success of E. Fry's new prison routine: 'In compliance with this appointment, the Lord Mayor, the Sheriffs and several of the Aldermen attended. The prisoners were assembled together, and it being requested that no alteration in their usual practice might take place, one of the ladies read a chapter in the Bibe, and then the females proceeded to their various avocations. Their attention during the time of reading; their orderly and sober deportment, their decent dress, the absence of everything like tumult, noise or contention, the obedience, and the respect shown by them, and the cheerfulness visible in their countenances and manners, conspired to excite the astonishment and admiration of their visitors'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Apr 1817 and 31 May 1817
Country: England
Time: morning
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 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 prisoners, ladies - members of the newly formed prison visiting society, Lord Mayor, sheriffs and Aldermen of the City of London
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: 23130  
Source - Print  
  Author: Thomas Fowell Buxton
  Editor: n/a
  Title: An inquiry whether crime and misery are produced or prevented by our present system of prison discipline
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1818
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 127
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Thomas Fowell Buxton, An inquiry whether crime and misery are produced or prevented by our present system of prison discipline (London, 1818), p. 127,, accessed: 19 February 2020

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