Sunday, April 04, 2010

30Apr1872, Visiting the Kent Penitentiary

LONDON, Tuesday, April 30th, 1872.
—Had a nice interesting expedition with the J. G. T.'s to see the Kent Penitentiary, [FN: Founded by John Talbot.] which M. calls Johnny's eldest child : he started it the year they were married, after hearing a sermon on the duty of all to do something for fallen women. To-day was the annual meeting ; various friends and supporters coming together for Holy Communion in the Chapel : and luncheon and speeches afterwards. The institution is almost entirely supported by the county. There are about 40 inmates, a large proportion of them being children under 16. They stay on an average 2 years ; and a very fair proportion get placed out and do well.

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