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[Letter, Samuel Atkins to Florence Nightingale, March 9, 1887] Atkins, Samuel Mar 9, 1887

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 Keep Short Life   64 New John St. West 9 March 1884 Birmingham   Madame You will doubtless be surprised at receiving a letter from an old Crimean soldier after so many years have passed away but I have always been anxious to write to you but could not obtain your address, and have only now quite accidentally in talking to a friend discovered through her the address of your sister, to whom I have addressed this letter for you.  I was one of the soldiers in the 33rd Duke of Wellington's regiment and was wounded at the battle of Inkerman, in the head muscle of right arm, and down the ribs, and taken to the hospital at Scutari.  After being under the doctors treatment for a time he said that the next day he must cut my arm off, and I told you what the Doctor had said and you told me that I had better not have it off as there was no danger and that they could not take it off without my permission and that my arm would look better in my sleeve than the sleeve would look in my waistcoat pocket.  A few months after coming home to my native village, when out one day my arm being still crooked I stooped down picked up a stone to throw at a bird and the sudden jerk pulled my arm straight and I was shortly after this able to take some temporary employment and have been able to follow my work ever since.  And now you will perhaps ask yourself why I have written all these particulars to you, it is that I may thank you from the very bottom of my heart for all your kindness to me and all other suffering ones while I and them were in the Hospital.  I often remember you in my prayers at the throne of grace for thank God since leaving the Crimea I have found peace in trusting in the precious blood of Christ.  I trust that you are in the enjoyment of good health and that the presence of the Master Christ may be always with you and I know that you will one day hear him say (inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my children ye have done it unto me) well done good and faithful servant enter thou into the joy of thy Lord  Hopeing that you will excuse the liberty I have taken, I remain Madame Your obedient servant Samuel Atkins Letter from Samuel Atkins, a Crimean War veteren, written thirty years later "...... that I may thank you from the bottom of my heart for all your kindness to me and all other suffering ones while I and them were in the Hospital.


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