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Record Number: 22415


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

'I then went to town, and at Newgate, where I went under feelings of rather deep concern, found unexpectedly [underline] numbers [end underline] there. A magistrate who I feared not I believe a religious man, I doubt a Christian, numbers of others, foreigners, a Jew, a clergyman, [underline] many [end underline] ladies, friends, my brother Sam, who strange to say, I stand in awe of naturally in such services, kind, dear and sympathetic as he is to me. I think I may say I asked in secret for preservation before I began to read; at least it was my earnest desire to have my eyes kept single to my God: but either the fear of man got too much hold of me, or the [underline] unction [end underline] was not with me, that I did not feel the power of truth over us, as it very often has been at such times, and I am ready to believe if I had not looked at man, but dwelt yet deeper in spirit I should have had to call upon the Lord openly, and I should have found help and power in it. But I went away humbled...'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

2 Feb 1828

Country:

England

Time

afternoon
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 in company 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

prisoners (female), brother Samuel Gurney, sister in law Elizabeth Fry, a magistrate, a Jew, a clergymen, ladies, friends


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:

22415

Source:

Manuscript

Author:

Elizabeth Fry

Title:

Journal

Location:

British Library

Call No:

Add Mss 47457

Page/Folio:

ff. 55

Citation:

Elizabeth Fry, Journal British Library, p. Add Mss 47457, p. ff. 55, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=22415, accessed: 28 November 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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