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[Letter, Florence Nightingale to Rosalind Nash, January 1, 1897] Nightingale, Florence, 1820-1910 Jan 1, 1897

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  UNSIGNED LETTER FROM FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE TO ROSALIND NASH, DARK PENCIL with envelope: Mrs Vaughan Nash 7 The Mount Hampstead N.W. 7/1/97 10 S. St. 7/1/97 Private [WRITTEN DIAGONALLY] Dearest Rosalind I am so sorry not to be able to see you tomorrow. We are immersed in business -- But I am afraid also that your questions could not be answered by a Yes or a No -- And I should like to make further enquiries 1. The harm done in some former Famines which has made the Death-rate higher seems to have been that, tempted by the Relief Funds raised for them, they have left their Villages -- But on the other hand I don't know how this can be prevented if there are Relief Works as now -- I am told the GovT organization is very good -- & carried out in earnest 2. Of course I need not tell you that the success in sending out a Commissioner to enquire depends entirely on who the Commissioner is. People think they can gain a knowledge of India in 6 months which they could not do in 6 years. And at this moment I do not remember a single successful instance [Ld G. Hamilton has been terribly misinformed. But he likes to do a good thing IN PRIVATE as I am a personal witness.] 3. Yes, indeed, it would be a great thing if larger reforms could be hung on the evidence of a competent Famine Mission. But it takes 25 years to understand one Province I should like to enquire more about all these things And if you will allow me, I will let you know, & perhaps you could come next week. I am so sorry to put you off. My compliments to the Princelet & Mr. Christopher & their dear father -- in haste ever your loving Aunt F. I think competent people believe there will be much misery before next harvest. The Ryot is worse off than he was. [NOTE: RYOT = INDIAN PEASANT] 

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