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Record 23170

Reading Experience:

'The case of Maria Manning is not one which it can be in any measure satisfactory to dwell upon ... Manning requested to see the visitor who had attended her in Newgate on the day before that fixed for her execution, and a strange contrast was exhibited by the heartless mob that thronged every avenue to the prison and the quiet demeanour of the culprit seated in her lonely cell. The Chaplain entered with the visitor, and at the prisoner's request read the fifty-first Psalm, and then engaged in prayer with deep solemnity; but on his leaving the two together, there was no attempt at confession - no evidence of repentance; and we fear we must conclude the wretched woman to have been shut up to a proud and haughty spirit, which scorned to acknowledge she merited the abhorrence her dark crime had called forth'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: 12 Nov 1849
Country: England
Time: n/a
Place: city: London
county: Surrey
specific address: Horsemonger Lane Gaol
other location: prison, condemned cell
Type of Experience (Reader):
silent aloud unknown
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown
Type of Experience (Listener):
solitary in company unknown
single serial unknown

Reader/Listener/Reading Group:

Reader: anon
Age Adult (18-100+)
Gender Male
Date of Birth n/a
Socio-economic group: Clergy (includes all denominations)
Occupation: chaplain at Horsemonger Lane Gaol
Religion: Church of England
Country of origin: n/a
Country of experience: England
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
Maria Manning (former servant, murderer), lady prison visitor
Additional comments: n/a


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: 23170  
Source - Print  
  Author: Matilda Wrench
  Editor: n/a
  Title: Visits to female prisoners at home and abroad
  Place of Publication: London
  Date of Publication: 1852
  Vol: n/a
  Page: 27
  Additional comments: n/a

Citation: Matilda Wrench, Visits to female prisoners at home and abroad (London, 1852), p. 27,, accessed: 18 February 2020

Additional comments:



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