History of Nursing in Pacific Canada

[Letter from Ethel Johns to Blanche Pfefferkorn] Johns, Ethel Jun 19, 1950

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 4519 Fifteenth Ave* West
Vancouver* B*C** Canada
June 19,'1950
13y dear Blanche*
Shis precipitate reply is due to the fact that 1 m not mire how much longer
you will be" in California and I want to catch you before you are on the wing*
As %&& probably know* the  first draft of my m0B* covering the period up to and including the Hampton refine is now in the hands of the History Committee and la going
the rounds of its taemhers for ^critical appraisal and review**1 So far there have been
only distant echoes but I gather that^ there is no great entlmsiaa* However* one kind
sour ( name unknorca to me) did say that the hiss* was 0uecint and smooth flowing* Since
I had gone  to great pains to make it so* I was cheered accordingly*
I told !2rs*Brack that as soon as the Committee had finished with the mss* I should
be glad if you would have a look at it* Mrs Ilofiear is in charge while lire Bra$k is
away for the summer so I expect you will he hearing from her in due course* I shall
await your verdict with considerable anxiety*
It is a comfort to he assured that the book la intended to serve as nu history of the
•School**1 fhis lias heen my 01m conviction fro© the outset and I intend to adhere-to
it throughout* It will not be easy to separate the extr%-0urricular activities of
III and TJ&K from their trork in the JHH but 1 believe it can be done hy applying the
criterion that you suggest s *B&& they affect the development :of the School?*1 In
the ease of IB especially they certainly appear to have done 00 to a considerable ox-
tent* I am less mre  about IUI* In any event, too much space cannit be devoted to
them or they will cloud the main issues*
fte halcyon days are here* warn and balsjy* a light hreeze  from the ^ea heavy with the
scent of flmmtMm    The  Vancouver surotier usually lasts about three wmtH and we have already had two of them* The next and last will be gobbled u^ hy  the Biennial Convention
of the Canadian 1 urses Association who this jff&r meet at the University of British
Columbia — bother take them* A3 soon as they depart* I shall put on my  |    and go
into my bask g arden to wrestle with the spirit of Adelaide Hutting and (incidentally)
try to keep the greedy robins fro© gobbling up my poor sour little strawberries*
Congratulations on jour typing* It is a time-saver isa't it? AB  soon aa you have
read the mss* do send me a word, no matter what* and put me out of my misery*
Affectionately*
its can you be reached during the omxier months?
 4519 Fifteenth Ave* West
Vancouver, B*C*, Canada
June 19, 1950
Bear Blanche :
This precipitate answer is due to the fact that I am not sure hov/ much longer
you will be in California and I want to catch you before you are on the wing*
As you have probably heardxfeyx»rar, my  first draft mss* covering the period up to
and including the Hampton regime is now in the hands of the History Committee and is
going the rounds of its members for appraisal and criticism* So far, there have been
only distant echoes but I gather that there is no great enthusiasm* However, one kind
soul (name unknown to me) wkst did say that the mss* v/as "smooth flowing and supcint*"
Since this is just what I tried so hard to accomplish I was cheered accordingly*
I told Mrs Brack that as soon as the Committee had finished with the mss* I should be
luite willing for you to have a look at it* Mrs McVicar us looking after things while
Mrs Brack is away for the summer so I expect you will be hearing from her in due course*
I shall await.your verdict with considerable anxiety*
is intended to be shotild
It is a comfort to know that you think that the book is to be f,a history of the
conviction strictly
School"* That has been my sgiHdb&K from the outset and I hope th t you will agree that
I have adhered to it throughout* To separate the extra-curricular activities of IH
and MM from their work at JHH is not easy but I believe it can be done by applying
the criterion you suggest ; "Did they affect the development of the School?*1 Cexmx Es-
tainly in IHfs case they seem  to have done so* but too much space should not be given
them or they will obscure the main issues.
lhe  halcyon days are here, warm and balmy, thecadrc a light bree&e from the sea and
flov/ers everywhere* ^he Vancouver summer usually lasts about two weeks and v/e have had
one of them* SJkm  the'next one is to be wasted on the Biennial onvention of the
Canadian ^urses Association which is being held at the Univ. of BC * WinranraKaxxy As
soon as it is over, I shall get into slacks and live in the backyard arid wretle with the
spirit pf IAN and try to keep the robins from gobbling up my" poor little strawb
^hen you have seen the mss do send me a 1 ne and out me out of my  misery*

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