Florence Nightingale Letters

[Letter, Florence Nightingale to Mary Mohl, July 18, 1878] Nightingale, Florence, 1820-1910 Jul 18, 1878

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 SIGNED LETTER FROM FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE TO MADAME MOHL, JULY 18, 1878, PEN [8:590-91] 35 South St. + Park Lane W. July 18/78 Dearest ever dearest Madame Mohl It is true that you have not written: but you & he are ever present with me. I think the apartment au 3ème is ever before me just as much as if I were in it. God bless you always. Yes, indeed: his letters did contain deep truths. Aunt Jenny, Uncle Pc's widow, has gone to join him. She longed to go. She wrote to me twice not many days before she died as clear as ever. I bless God that I have ever known M. Mohl tho' I find it hard to bear life without him: how much more must you! India work has occupied me exceedingly lately: especially the question of the frightful indebtedness -- question did I say? -- I mean heart rending reality -- of the Indian, & chiefly the Deccan peasantry: & their slavery, actual slavery to the money- lenders. And we are actually undertaking new & huge territories -- we who have been able so little to make India what she should be -- it takes away my breath -- we are undertaking Mesopotamia, Asia Minor & occupying Cyprus. The opening words of the Treaty are: `in the name of the omnipotent God' -- how I like those words. The miseries of this world are so dreadful that if one did not believe in the Father Almighty, one must pray for annihilation. I must go to Lea Hurst in a few days to take charge of my Mother: she is gone there already under the convoy of good Shore. And again there must be some reason in the counsels of the Father Almighty for taking me away from my work without a single day's rest for this exhausting charge. I have not had one day's rest since my Father died 4 1/2 years ago. But God can do the work without me I will write again: under severe stress of business & illness ever dearest friend your old Flo. Miss Irby is still at Knin with 12000 starving Bosnian fugitives dependent upon her: in Dalmatia.

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