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Florence Nightingale Autograph Letter Signed on Map of India

Nightingale corrects an "Irrigation Map of India"

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Nightingale corrects an "Irrigation Map of India"

ALS, three pages, 7 x 4.25, July 25, 1878. Handwritten letter sending corrections to an "Irrigation Map of India," in part: "I send you a Proof of the 'Irrigation Map of India,' with the copy you were so good to correct. Would you be very good as to revise it & return me both copies here as soon as possible? There appear to be some corrections needful: It is a beautiful map." She adds a handwritten postscript, initialed "F. N.," in full: "I am about to take advantage of your great kindness and ask you to correct something else." On the third page, she writes out several corrections to spelling errors ("Hathmatti instead of Hammatti," "Gokak" instead of "Gokah") and asks for additions to the "Table of Reference." Beautifully cloth-matted and framed with a portrait and biographical caption to an overall size of 25 x 27. In fine condition.

Nightingale published a paper in 1874 entitled 'Life or Death in India,' which offered observations and suggestions regarding health outcomes in India during the British colonial era. In her paper, Nightingale discussed the high mortality rates among British soldiers and attributed them to poor sanitation, inadequate nutrition, and lack of proper medical care. On the subject of irrigation, she wrote: 'Irrigation is essential in many parts of India, but irrigation with stagnant water is almost as injurious to crops as to health. Irrigation should be accompanied by improving the natural drainages of the country, so as to keep the water moving, however slowly.'

Auction Info

  • Auction Title: Fine Autograph and Artifacts Featuring John F. Kennedy
  • Dates: #692 - Ended May 15, 2024