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Record Number: 23113


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

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

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, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=23113, accessed: 03 December 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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