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Historical references to London's sounds

A database of several hundred historical descriptions and references to London's sounds. They're drawn mainly from primary sources such as autobiographies, diaries and statutes, as well as novels written around the times they depict.

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Period referred to: 1820s

Sound category: Authority > Prison regimes

Title of work: Life and Letters of Maria Edgeworth

Type of publication: Diary/Private correspondence

Author: Maria Edgeworth

Year of publication: 1822

Page/volume number: Not known

Elizabeth Fry at Newgate women’s prison

Enter Mrs. Fry in a drab-coloured silk cloak, and plain borderless Quaker cap; a most benevolent countenance [. . .] The prisoners came in, and in an orderly manner ranged themselves on the benches.

[. . .]

She opened the Bible, and read in the most sweetly solemn, sedate voice I ever heard, slowly and distinctly, without anything in the manner that could distract attention from the matter. Sometimes she paused to explain, which she did with great judgement, addressing the convicts, 'we have felt; we are convinced'. [. . .]

Mrs. Fry often says an extempore prayer; but this day she was quite silent while she covered her face with her hands for some minutes: the women were perfectly silent with their eyes fixed upon her, and when she said, 'you may go', they went away slowly.