ELIZABETH FRY Autograph Letter Signed.
British (English) prison reformer, social reformer and philanthropist.
ALS. 2pp plus integral blank leaf with address panel verso. Upton Lane. December 1826. To Waller Clifton.
"My dear friend. My husband and myself hope to have the pleasure of seeing thee to dinner here at six o'clock next second day week the 4th of next month, and wouldst thou have the kindness to forward the accompanying note to thy brother Frank. I remain thine, affectionately, Eliz.th Fry.
8vo. Approx 7.25 x 4.75 inches. Paper mounting residue to verso of integral blank leaf that partially obscures the address panel (but this can still be read when held to the light). All else VG.
Waller and Francis (Frank) Clifton were the sons of Marshall Waller Clifton(1787-1861), a clerk of the Admiralty and first cousin to Elizabeth Fry. He was later appointed Secretary to the Western Australian Land Company. The family emigrated to Australia and, when the company failed, were left to fend for themselves. Several of the children rose to high public office in Australia. Another son, George, returned to England and became governor of Dartmoor Prison. The Clifton family were devoutly Church of England, save for Mrs Clifton (nee Elinor Katherine Bell) who was, like Elizabeth Fry, a Quaker and who habitually dressed in Quaker garb.