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Item 198 - Florence Nightingale Catalog 555 (May 2019)

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ALS, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 5 x 8, 10 South Street letterhead, August 28, 1897. Letter to General George Higginson, a veteran of the Crimean War, in full: "Just as I was about to send the enclosed anent Sister Constable, I received your extremely kind note of Aug. 17, I felt much your goodness in remembering me & offering to come & see me on any 'matter' which I 'desired to bring to your notice on any day next week' that is, the week now ending. It was very kind of you. I should have answered it at once, but I was & always am under a rather severe pressure of business & ill health. If I could hope that your kind offer still holds, would it be possible for you to make an appointment to see me any day after Wednesday this next week, say at 5 or 5.30 p.m. But I think this hour is unreasonable on my part because it probably is too late for your return home. I could make it 3.30 if that would suit you better. I am obliged to cry you mercy! for I am never mistress of my own time & am a prisoner to my room. But I am most thankful for the privilege of having still so much to do. Excuse this rambling note & believe me." In fine condition. Higginson met Nightingale in Crimea and quickly developed a great admiration for her work with the sick. Their relationship continued for many several years; in another 1897 letter to Higginson, Nightingale makes reference to the running of the Gordon Boys’ Homes which he, along with the Prince of Wales, later Edward VII, had established for 'homeless and friendless lads.'

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