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[Letter, Sir James Caird to Florence Nightingale, July 3, 1878] Caird, James, Sir, 1816-1892 Jul 3, 1878

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 8, Queen's Gate Gardens S.W. July 3.78 Dear Miss Nightingale, As you have allowed me to fix a day I will say Friday 12th inst. at 5 o'clock. When your note arrived Sir Arthur Cotton was with me. He offered a visit and & came on Monday and we had the whole evening & next morning devoted to Irrigation & Navigation. He is a very fine earnest old man who, as described by a brother officer, has "never put one rupee upon another" but devoted himself to the service of India. I have little doubt that when fever attends irrigation the want of training is to blame. But it is also certain that the Bengal Fever passed over the swampy land, and was most fatal on the higher lands where the conditions might have been thought least favourable. It finally passed away without any plan made to assist it. My idea - not project for it has not got that length - of factories, was that British Capital & skill should be invited on promising conditions to settle in the country. Many thanks for your pamphlet which I hope to read before I have the pleasure of seeing you. Believe me with much respect (?) Miss Nightingale Yours very sincerely (signature)

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