Florence Nightingale Letters

[Letter, Florence Nightingale to Mary Mohl, June 12, 1873] Nightingale, Florence, 1820-1910 Jun 12, 1873

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 A.39 Signed letter from Nightingale to Madame Mohl, Pen, Handwritten by Nightingale, Dated June 12/73 x 35 South StJune 12/73 Park Lane W. Dearest Madame Mohl I am so very much troubled to hear of M. Mohl's bad knee -- which I only did just now, & almost accidentally, from Lady Augusta, thro' Mme Colonna. I am afraid that he has suffered a great deal of pain. I cannot help writing, tho' I have nothing to say, and I scarcely expect you to write to me. Lady Augusta adds: "and "the idea of losing her yearly "visit would be quite heart= "breaking. I have been "counting the days till her "coming -- and I know that to you also her welcome advent is an epoch. W. I trust "that we shall speedily hear "of a day being fixed." Of course you know all this: but still one likes to hear it. I am immersed in a stream of my Matrons & Nurses, which takes away all my strength; but is a thing which must be done. Do you remember Miss Williams Wynn, (sister of Mrs. Milnes Gaskell) who died at Arcachon? Her private correspondence". she speaks of you in it -- has been privately printed -- not published. It was lent me by a friend of hers, tho' a much younger woman, & of mine: a Miss Barclay, niece of Lord Zettand who is dead. Miss Barclay is now one of our trained Matrons -- & has taken the Edinburgh Infirmary -- a most uphill job -- for us. It, the book, I mean -- not the Infirmary, -- is very interesting. But the Infirmary is interesting too. Do you remember Miss W. Wynn's dog, Mohr, who died before she died. Really one of the most interesting parts of her letters is her belief in the immortality of animals, who, she says -- which is quite my own conviction -- have some qualities so much higher than we have -- I shall lend you the book -- & keep it for that purpose -- But at present I can think of nothing but M. Mohl. I am with you in your apartment. And my hand refuses its Office God speed you & cure him ever your & his old Flo.


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