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[Letter, Sir Charles Trevelyan to Florence Nightingale, July 27, 1877] Trevelyan, Charles E. (Charles Edward), 1807-1886 Jul 27, 1877

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 July 27-77 My dear Miss Nightingale     After all you have done to promote the efficiency of Hospital management it seems presumptuous to ask your support for a movement the object of which is to make a comprehensive reform of Medical Relief.  At present the medical treatment of the mass of our people is not only very imperfect and inefficient but is so arranged as literally to educate them to mendicant and dependent habits.  But instead of writing to you at length I will ask you to read the first Paper of the accompanying collection which has been generally accepted as a correct statement of the present position of the question - so much so that, while many high authorities have endorsed it, no voice or pen, so far as I am aware, has been raised against it.  I also send the last Edinburgh Review which contains an article on the subject by Dr. Fairlie Clarke. I do not ask for a speedy answer, but shall be greatly obliged by you reading these Papers, and assisting us at your leisure, by the opinion and advice which you are so well qualified to give.      With every best wish believe me     My dear Miss Nightingale        very sincerely yours           (signature) P.S.  Do not trouble yourself to return the 'Edinburgh'.

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