Title: Memoirs of Mrs. Elizabeth Fry; including a ...
Publisher: London : Aylott and Jones
Publication Date: 1847
Edition: 1st Edition
First [English] edition. 8vo. pp348. Illustrated with tissue-guarded engraved frontispiece. Blind-stamped green cloth. Wear on covers, break in cloth on spine, corners bumped. Preliminaries lightly foxed. Otherwise very good. Contents: Mrs. Fry's Early Life. Mrs. Fry's Labours to Reform the Female Prisoners in Newgate. Mrs. Fry's Efforts for Female Prisoners in Scotland and Ireland. Instances of Religious Benefit received by the Female Prisoners. Mrs. Fry's Provision to Benefit Female Convicts. Mrs. Fry's Exertions for Females in Foreign prisons. Mrs. Fay's Labours for the Improvement of British Seamen. Mrs. Fay's last Illness and death. Mrs. Fay's Character. Public Testimonies to Mrs. Fay. Elizabeth Fry [nee Betsy Gurney] was an English Prison Reformer, Social Reformer and as a Quaker, a Christian Philantrophist." She was a major driving force behind new legislation to make the treatment of prisoners more humane. She wrote in the book Prisons in Scotland and the North of England that she acutally stayed the night in some of the prisons and invited nobility to come and stay and see for themselves the conditions that prisoners lived in. She founded a prison school for the children who were imprisoned with their parents; and she implemented a system of supervision, and required the women to sew and to read the Bible. She founded the Association for the Reformation of the Female Prisoners in Newgate which eventually led to the creation of the British Ladies' Society for Promoting the Reformation of Female Prisoners, widely described by biographers and historians as constituting the first "nationwide" Women's organisation in Britain. in 1818 Elizabeth Fry gave evidence to a House of Commons Committee on prevailing conditions in British Prisons, becoming the first woman to present evidence in Parliament.She also helped to establish a "Night Shelter" in London. In 1840 she opened a training school for nurses. Her work in this area inspired Florence Nightingale, who brought a team of Elizabeth Fry's nurses to assist the wounded soldiers in the Crimean War." Scarce First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # 15534
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