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[Letter, Florence Nightingale to Rosalind Nash, January 7, 1897] Nightingale, Florence, 1820-1910 Jan 7, 1897

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 SIGNED LETTER FROM FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE TO ROSALIND NASH, dated JANUARY 11, 1897, DARK PENCIL, with envelope, stamped cancelled 5 Jan 97: Mrs Vaughan Nash 7 The Mount Hampstead NW 11/1/97 10 S. St. 11/1/97 Dearest Rosalind I have `consulted' on your 3 questions, but probably you know all I have to say already: (1) Ld G. Hamilton has now given way & the Mansion House Fund will now be started, as you see. (2) It would be an excellent thing if the Daily Chronicle would send out a "Commissioner" "with Camera & Weighing "Machine" (this is what I am told) "to report on the Famine." The question has been discussed -- has it not? with Mr. Massingham and he is not unfavourable to the idea -- As of course you know, if true, the man he has in his eye is Mr. Morgan Browne, the former Secretary to "India" & to the Society at 84 Palace Chambers, -- who has quite "a genius for figures & "accuracy" & would make an excellent & fearless Commissioner (the man who wrote the articles in the D.C.) he has been a good deal in India (3) [I rather mistook your 2ND question -- for I thought you wanted a man to go into the poverty of the peasantry & its causes & the action upon it of the Civil Courts &c &c] Your 3rd question is most important -- for the Famine in only the symptom & what we want to get at is the cause of the disease The disease is the excessive poverty of the people (& no reserve of food) which makes them die in hundreds of thousands from the failure of one harvest. We thought Mr. Caine's speech at the Congress most injudicious -- but the cause of the poverty undoubtedly is that the expenditure of India is beyond her means. This is what should be argued & put before [2] 11/1/97 cont'd Parliamentx -- not a Congress. The first step towards a remedy is to get the Ho. of C. to realize & fulfil its responsibilities in this matter, & one of the ways of getting it to do this would be, would it not? by appointing each year a Select Committee to examine & report on the "Indian {x The officials, instead of [inserted] {getting light & knowledge {from the people, angrily {resent all attempts to show {[them] the truth to themselves Budget. I am afraid you will think me a broken reed But you will know I wish you all success & joy. ever your loving Aunt Florence  

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