Journal of the Friends Historical Society, Vol. XII No. 2, (1916) pages 61-62.
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Plashet House.7th Month 23, 1825.
I would have given me much pleasure to aid the view of any friend of thine but I fear in the
present case it is out of my power as I believe our society are not likely at present to send agents
out to South America to establish schools. A little time since some of us had such an idea, but it
did not appear as if such an arrangement could be accomplished at present.
It is not impossible that the British and Foreign School Society may have something of the kind in
view, but I have not heard of it.
I think that the Gentleman recommended by thee would be particularly desirable were such an
arrangement thought of, and it would be well worthwhile to make an enquiry respecting it; if I
hear of anything, I will make a point of informing thee at once respecting it.
Excuse my troubling thee by representing the following cases that I think need peculiar atention in
Newgate, as I think it very bad for the prisoners generally, and unfair to the city to keep convicts
there under these circumstances, more particularly as season has so often been given them to
believe they wre to be discharged as to render them very unsettled.
Been in Newgate Elizabeth Brown 5 yrs & 2 months Ann Cartwright 4 years Mary Howard 4 " Mary Smith or (Martha Burgess) 4 " insane Mary Healey long ill 1 year & 9 months Sarah Cherry 2 years Sarah Wigley|_ a very hard 2 years & four months Sarah Giles | case. Alderman Thompson I think know all about these two.
I make this representation, notout of tenderness to the prisoners so much as feeling that Newgate
is not the proper place for any to be long inmprisoned in, and that hte effect is very bad having
expectations raised of pardon from time to time, and its not being granted, and Newgate is not a
fit place for an hosptial or a mad house in long cases fo disease. I doubt not that our valuable
Secretary of State would attend to these cases if represented to him.
Pray remember me kindly to they family and believe me with muchregard
thy obliged friend
The Editor's notes:
Above is printed from a typewritten copy of the original, per W. Clarkson Wallis, of Brighton.
Sir Matthew Wood (1768-1843), first baronet, was Alderman of Cripplegate Without, 1807, lord
mayor 1815-1816 and 1816-1817, M.P. for the city, 1817-43. (D.N.B.)
The webmeister's notes:
I have taken the liberty of completely spelling out abbreviated words, but have not otherwise tried
to change or improve the original. -pds.