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Adrian Leak marks Elizabeth Fry’s day

THE writer and social theorist Harriet Martineau recalled how Betsy Gurney and her sisters had been known in Norfolk as “a set of dashing young people, dressing in gay riding habits and scarlet boots, and riding about the country to balls and gaieties of all sorts”.

Young officers from the garrison at Norwich would visit for fishing, shooting, dining, singing, and danc­ing. But Gurney confided to her diary, “I feel by experience how much entering the world hurts me . . . it leads ...

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