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Record 23117

Reading Experience:

Journey into Scotland in Aug 1834 with husband and two daughters: 'At Kenmore, they enjoyed a quiet Sunday and tolerable highland accommodation. In the evening, anxious to turn the day to some good account, Mrs Fry invited the servants of the inn, to attend the reading she intended to have with her own family. Some ladies were polite enough to offer the use of their sitting room as it was more roomy; a large congregation of barefooted chambermaids, and blue-bonnetted hostlers, assembled. She read part of her brother Joseph John Gurney's letter to a Friend, on the evidences of Christianity; the people were very attentive and anxious each to possess a copy, that they might read the remainder of the book to themselves. The next day, some gamekeepers who came to the inn requested a similar gift, having heard from the people there all that had taken place.'
Century: 1800-1849
Date: Between 1 Aug 1834 and 31 Aug 1834
Country: Scotland
Time: evening
Place: city: Kenmore
location in dwelling: inn in highlands, sitting room
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: Scotland
Listeners present if any:
(e.g. family, servants, friends, workmates)
servants of the hotel, Joseph Fry, daughters of Joseph and Elizabeth Fry
Additional comments: nee Gurney


Text Being Read:

Author: Joseph John Gurney
Title: Letter to a Friend on the Authority, Purpose and Effects of Chritianity
Genre: Other religious
Form of Text: Print: Book
Publication details: n/a
Provenance: owned


Source Information:

Record ID: 23117  
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: 193
  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. 193,, accessed: 18 July 2024

Additional comments:



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