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Record Number: 23131


Reading Experience:

Evidence:

Account of the gifts given to several female prisoners who burnt their playing cards: 'she called the first to her, and telling her intention, produced a neat muslin handkerchief. To her surprise, the girl looked disappointed; and, on asking the reason, she confessed that she had hoped Mrs [Fry] would have given her a Bible, with her own name written in it, which she should value beyond any thing else, and always keep and read. Such a request, made in such a manner, could not be refused; and the Lady assures me, that she never gave a Bible in her life, which was received with so much interest and satisfaction, or one, which she thinks more likely to do good. It is remarkable that this girl, from her conduct in her preceding prison, and in court, came to Newgate with the worst of characters; she has read her Bible with tolerable regularity, and has evinced much propriety of conduct, and great hopes are entertained of her permanent improvement'

Century:

1800-1849

Date:

Between 1 Apr 1817 and 31 Dec 1818

Country:

England

Time

n/a

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:

anon

Age:

Adult (18-100+)

Gender:

Female

Date of Birth:

n/a

Socio-Economic Group:

Labourer (non-agricultural)

Occupation:

prisoner

Religion:

unknown

Country of Origin:

unknown

Country of Experience:

England

Listeners present if any:
e.g family, servants, friends

n/a


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:

23131

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:

130-1

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. 130-1, http://can-red-lec.library.dal.ca/Arts/RED/record_details.php?id=23131, accessed: 27 November 2022


Additional Comments:

None

   
   
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