"Close confinement, in the depth of winter in a cold and cheerless cell for twenty-three out of the twenty-four hours: insufficient clothing to preserve even the natural heat of the body: sleeping at night on a hard board raised three inches above the cold flag, with a billet of wood for a pillow. And two threadbare blankets and a rug, weighing in all about ten pounds, the only protection against the intense cold: deprived, by an exquisite refinement of cruelty. Even of the miserable comfort to be derived by spreading our day clothes on our frozen limbs, being obliged to place outside the cell door at night our clothes, furniture, etc. – what none but the most incorrigible ruffians, and such as attempt self-destruction, are required to do."
"I need not say how utterly distressed I was to see these children at Reading, for I knew the treatment in store for them. The cruelty that is practiced by day and night on children in English prisons is incredible, except to those that have witnessed it and are aware of the brutality of the system."