Florence Nightingale Letters

[Letter, Florence Nightingale to Mary Mohl, July 30, 1872] Nightingale, Florence, 1820-1910 Jul 30, 1872

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 A.36 Incomplete, unsigned letter/draft/copy from FM to Mme Mohl, pen, Handwritten by Nightingale, July 30/72 [8:584-85] EmbleyJuly 30/72 Romsey [blue pencil] Dearest Madame Mohl I write as soon as it is possible. I like you to think of our dear old friend, Mr. Bracebridge, so much! I have told Mrs. Bracebridge that you do so. He & she have been the creators of my life. And when I think of him at Scutari; the only man in all England who would have lived (& submitted to) such a `pigging' life -- without the absorbing interest of the situation & responsibility which it was to me I think "we ne'er shall look upon his like again". "O insupportable & touching loss!" as Cassius says of Portia. She wrote to me herself of it -- quite collectedly, tho' it is the break up of every thing to her. They were the same age: had been married near half a century: scarcely ever separated I should think a fortnight. She only says: that her "call will soon come". But she could spare him better than he her I always felt that, if he had been left alone, he must have starved. I do not at all know what she means to do. For her health she ought to leave Atherstone. But I shall not be surprised if she never does. He had been unconscious for a week up to the day of his death -- then quite conscious, quite calm, quite cheerful, quite aware of the end--in the words of the Psalm: "Tho' I walk thro' the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil. For Thou art with me". He had genius. And when I think of Atherstone, of Athens, of all the places I have been in with them, of the immense influence they had in shaping my own life, -- more than earthly father & mother to me -- I cannot doubt that they leave behind them their mark on the century -- this century which has so little Ideal, at least in England. As if a God had been abroad. And left his impress on the world.


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