John Howard and the Prison-world of Europe: From Original and Authentic Documents

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R. Carter, 1918 - 401 pages
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Page 150 - The bench were properly affected with the grievance, and willing to grant the relief desired : but they wanted a precedent for charging the county with the expense. I therefore rode into several neighbouring counties in search of...
Page 379 - I calmly and cheerfully commit myself to the disposal of unerring wisdom. Should it please God to cut off my life in the prosecution of this design, let not my conduct be uncandidly imputed to rashness or enthusiasm, but to a serious, deliberate conviction, that I am pursuing the path of duty ;. and to a sincere desire of being made an instrument of more extensive usefulness to my fellow-creatures, than could be expected in the narrower circle of a retired life.
Page 395 - I should like to be buried there ; and let me beg of you, as you value your old friend, not to suffer any pomp to be used at my funeral ; nor any monument, nor monumental inscription whatsoever, to mark where I am laid : but lay me quietly in the earth, place a sun-dial over my grave, and let me be forgotten.
Page 226 - Let them take care to keep out" prefaced, perhaps, with an angry prayer, seem not duly sensible of the favour of Providence, which distinguishes them from the sufferers: they do not remember that we are required to imitate our gracious Heavenly Parent, who is " kind to the unthankful and the evil ! They also forget the vicissitudes of human affairs ; the unexpected changes, to which all men are liable...
Page 400 - Our national prisons and hospitals, improved upon the suggestion of his wisdom, bear testimony to the solidity of his judgment, and to the estimation in which he was held. In every part of the civilized world, which he traversed to reduce the sum of human misery, from the throne to the dungeon, his name was mentioned with respect, gratitude, and admiration.
Page 303 - Every stroke seemed to penetrate deep into the flesh. But his master, thinking him too gentle, pushed him aside, took his place, and gave all the remaining strokes himself, which were evidently more severe. The woman received twenty-five and the man sixty. I pressed through the hussars, and counted the number as they were chalked on a board.
Page 266 - ... a few hours; but that which he has appointed lasts many weeks, nay, sometimes years. The poor wretches are plunged into a noisome dungeon, as bad as the black hole...
Page 394 - near the village of Dauphiney — this would suit me nicely; you know it well, for I have often said, that I should like to be buried there ; and let me beg of you, as you value your old friend, not to...
Page 131 - ... how is the gold become dross !' " I bless God I am well. I have a calm and easy flow of spirits. I am preserved and supported through not a little fatigue. My thoughts are often with you on the Sabbath-day. I always loved my Cardington and Bedford friends ; but I think distance makes me love them more.
Page 149 - Bedford, and the circumstance which excited me to activity in their behalf, was the seeing some, who, by the verdict of juries, were declared not guilty ; some on whom the grand jury did not find such an appearance of guilt as subjected them to trial ; and some whose prosecutors did not appear against them ; after having been confined for months, dragged back to gaol and locked up again till they should pay sundry fees to the gaoler, the clerk of assize, etc. " In order to redress this hardship,...

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