Florence Nightingale Letters

[Letter, Louisa, Grand Duchess of Baden to Florence Nightingale, February 23, 1879] Luise, Grand Duchess, consort of Frederick I, Grand Duke of Baden, 1838-1923 Feb 23, 1879

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 Carlsruhe Feb 23, 1879 It is a long time since I have been able to write to you, although thoughts have wandered near you, and the wish was often there, to know about your work and about your own dear self, so precious to me. As to our work, in which you always used to take such kind interest, it has been scarcely interrupted, though not greatly improved, but still we have been going on successfully. Our nurses are about one hundred, we have even more applications from persons wishing to be trained than formerly. This indeed is a little progress. But a great many do not persevere, some from ill-health, some from want of real love for their work, some from a reluctance to fulfill the rather difficult duties of their tasks. We could have a greater number of nurses, in proportion to the number of those, who have gone through training-ship. Still we must be thankful and hopeful and never leave off going on steadily and quickly, thanking God for each blessing and each progress. We have at presented, trusted to our care nine hospitals, in different parts of our country. I believe the greatest difficulty is still, - and still will be for some time--, of not finding enough thoroughly good head nurses or ladies superintendents for direction of hospitals; - there's the regret that so very few persons from better classes of society apply for training-ship. Last not least, the difficulty of implanting in the heads of our nurses the higher principles, which ought to be the life giving source of their useful activity. I think that these obstacles are of a kind, not easily to be removed, they are old enemies; we know them, but have to conquer them! May I hope, to hear one day, whether you have undertaken in England some new branch of activity, and whether your experiences have led to some new point of view. You know, and I need not repeat, what your dear name and blessed example means for me, how it gives encouragement, how it helps one in times of difficulty. May I ask you, to remember me kindly to Sir H. Verney. I fear your health is not a good one, may God grant you strength to continue as a blessing for us all. None of us will ever get over the loss of Princess Alice! I must apologize for this letter, my eyes are rather weak and oblige me to recur to dictations. God bless you! Ever yours affectionate Louise Miss Florence Nightingale London (?) 


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