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Record 23132

Reading Experience:

'in expressing our acknowledgement of the good they have done, it is our duty to point out those parts of their proceedings which appear to us inexpedient and injudicious, and to interfere materially with the laudable objects which they themselves have in view. We think the introduction of the visitors who now attend on Fridays the readings of the women highly improper. On one occasion, when we were present, there were 23 visitors; whilst owing to the want of room thus caused, only 28 prisoners could attend the lecture. Not only were there many prisoners, who might otherwise have been present, thus deprived of this opportunity of receiving instruction, but the sight of so many strangers distracted the attention even of those who were there. We observed the absence of that strict attention which is so necessary to the profitable reception of religious instruction.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Jan 1835 and 31 Dec 1836
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 and gentlemen admitted on tickets, prison inspectors William Crawford and Whitworth Russell
Additional comments: nee Gurney


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: 23132  
Source - Manuscript Other
  Author: Inspectors of the Prisons of Great Britain. I. Home District. First Report (Parl. Papers, 1836, xxxv), p. 19.,

Citation: Inspectors of the Prisons of Great Britain. I. Home District. First Report (Parl. Papers, 1836, xxxv), p. 19.,, accessed: 18 February 2020

Additional comments:



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