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Memoir of the Life of Elizabeth Fry

Memoir of the Life of Elizabeth Fry
With Extracts from Her Journal and Letters
2 Volume Set


Part of Cambridge Library Collection - British and Irish History, 19th Century

  • Date Published: July 2011
  • availability: Available
  • format: Multiple copy pack
  • isbn: 9781108030373

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  • Elizabeth Fry (née Gurney, 1780–1845) was descended from two wealthy Quaker banking families. Her Quaker faith was crucial to her adult life and she became active in social reform. Despite having eleven children, she was active in community work, and became a Quaker minister. Persuaded to visit the women's wing in Newgate Prison in 1813, she was appalled at the conditions in which the prisoners, and their children, lived. She became a pioneer in seeking to improve the situation for women in prisons and on transportation ships. The British Ladies' Society for Promoting the Reformation of Female Prisoners was probably the first national British women's society. Fry's ideas on the humane treatment of prisoners influenced international legal systems. This memoir, based on her letters and diaries, was edited by two of her daughters, and was first published in 1847.

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    • Date Published: July 2011
    • format: Multiple copy pack
    • isbn: 9781108030373
    • dimensions: 324 x 250 x 70 mm
    • weight: 1.6kg
    • contains: 2 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Volume 1: Introduction
    1. 1780–1792. Birth
    2. 1792–1798. Sketch of female society
    3. 1798. Visit to London, gaiety there
    4. 1798–1800. Return to Earlham
    5. 1800–1809. Marriage
    6. 1809–1812. Removal to Plashet, enjoyment of the country
    7. 1811–1814. Journey with Henry Hall and her sister, Priscilla Gurney
    8. 1813–1817. Letter to the Rev. Edward Edwards
    9. 1817–1818. Extract from Crabbe's Poems
    10. 1818. Return to Plashet
    11. 1819–1821. Takes her sons to school
    12. 1821–1823. Marriage of one of her daughters
    13. 1824–1825. Journey to Worcester. Volume 2:
    14. 1826–1827. Ladies' prison meeting
    15. 1827–1829. Illness of her sister Rachel Gurney, gradual decline and death
    16. 1829–1830. Foreign correspondence
    17. 1831–1833. Journey to Lynn
    18. 1833–1834. Sojourn in Jersey
    19. 1834–1836. Death of the Duke of Gloucester
    20. 1837–1838. Earlham
    21. 1839. Sale at Crosby Hall for the Ladies' British Society
    22. 1840–1841. Audience of the Queen
    23. 1841–1842. Letter to Colonel Jebb
    24. 1842–1844. Death of a grandaughter
    25. 1844–1845. Return from Walmer.

  • Author

    Elizabeth Fry


    Katharine Fry

    Rachel Elizabeth Cresswell

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