On A Visit To Bedlam (Charles Dickens on Jonathan Martin, Part 2)

from by Gary Miller with Keith Armstrong, Iain Petrie & Friends

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Jonathan Martin was sent to the Criminal Lunatic Asylum in St. George’s Fields, London, which was the Hospital of St. Mary of Bethlehem, popularly known as Bedlam, on April 28th 1829, where he remained until his death nine years later. It was here that Charles Dickens paid him one final visit…


(Charles Dickens on Jonathan Martin, Part 2)

I visited Jonathan Martin after he was removed to Bedlam. He remembered what had taken place at York, and said, all that he had ever done, or thought of doing was as nothing to that which he was now commissioned to do. “Not since men were upon the earth” had anything so dreadful been seen or heard as the deed he was about to accomplish. It was to bring about all the denunciations contained in the sixteenth chapter of Revelations. I asked him what he meant to do. He answered, “You must wait till you will see.” I reported to the authorities that he was contemplating something terrible, and required to be specially watched. Shortly afterwards, Jonathan Martin died.

(Words: Charles Dickens / Tune: ‘Soul Cake’ - Trad. arr. Richard Doran & Mick Tyas)


from Mad Martins, releases September 4, 2017
Keith Armstrong - Spoken Word
Mick Tyas - Mandolin
Richard Doran - Dulcimer
Iain Petrie - Orchestration, Atmospheric Sound Effects



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'Mad Martins' is a unique project by poet Keith Armstrong and songwriter Gary Miller featuring original songs, poetry and spoken word narration depicting the extraordinary life and times of the notorious Martin brothers, William, Jonathan and John, who were born in the late Eighteenth Century in the South Tyne area of Northumberland. ... more

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