Florence Nightingale Letters

[Letter, Florence Nightingale to Mary Mohl, May 28, 1871] Nightingale, Florence, 1820-1910 May 28, 1871

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 Letter from Nightingale to Madame Mohl Pen Handwritten by Nightingale Dated Sunday May 28/71 [8:583] 35 South Street, [printed address] Park Lane, W. [ FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE has written the letter lengthwise along paper] Sunday May 28/71 Dearest Madame Mohl I have a letter from M. Mohl. The last date in it is on Thursday. It is written at different hours on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, as a sort of Diary. He records the burnings of the Tuileries &c -- on Wednesday. And when he finishes on Thursday, says that "the town is entirely taken" -- & that he only hears "a moderate cannonade" -- somewhere about Bicêtre and at a distance. So that I hope there was nothing more or worse to be learnt or done when he wrote. He says: "the streets are shut up with sentries" -- "to facilitate the arrestation of a few hundred ringleaders" He hopes to "go to the Embassy tomorrow (Friday) to" post his letter -- so that perhaps this letter was not sent till Friday, in which case all the better -- it is later news of him. The streets must then have been open to the Faubg. St. Honoré. I would send you the letter at once, but I have no doubt you have even later news. I would not wish my worst enemy to pass such a week as I have passed. I did not dare to send to you. For terror is contagious. I had rather by far, far, have been in Paris -- as I had rather have been in the War from first to last === myself.====== I saw Mme de Stael (for your sake & in consequence of you & your note) {continued from above line} on Wednesday. They had then heard of the burnings -- by telegram. She did not cry. [But I thought there was death in her face.] The young de Broglie, at Versailles, wounded by an obus, was, they feared, in a desperate state. And his father, M. D. de Broglie, was gone to him. I did not like to trouble her by sending to inquire. But, if you see her, I should be glad to know that the young man was better. Also, if they have any news of Mlle. d'Haussonville. God bless you -- I love Paris Love & always, your old Flo

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