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History of Nursing in Pacific Canada

[Letter from Ethel Johns to Caroline V. Barrett] Johns, Ethel 1957-10-16

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 Photocopy of letter to Miss C.V.   Barrett
October 16,  1957
Dear C. V. B*   •
Under separate cover, as they say in
legal circles, I am sending you a copy of my WGH
history in the hope that it may amuse you to read of
the wild and rosiiy woolly days on the Eed River*
It was a labour of love on my part ( just as your histoi
was on yours) but I got a lot of fun out of it — especially the writing of the earlier chapters* There
v/ere some headaches over the later ones* It is no
picnic to wrestle with contemporary history* Liiich
easier when all the characters are dead and decently
buried*
Did you go to Ottawa for any of the regal doings?
 So far as we can judge from the CBC and the newspapers
a gcod time was had by all* That poor soul, Elizabeth,
she must be at the point of exhaustion* She certainly
pit up a good show in spite of the Altrinchams and
Mnggeridges* Didn't you think her French was quite
good? What a relief it will be to hear that she has
escaped from the grisly clutdh of the photographers and
is safely on hor way home again*
There were some Montreal nurses among the ones who
attended the meeting of the Canadian Tuberculosis Assn*
and we had a nice talk the afternoon I orated for them*
In reply to my  enquiries, I was told that CVB is doing a
grand job — a fact that didn't surprize me a bit* *
Apart from this affair, the summer was devoted to writing
this and that and dashing out into the bagk garden when-
 ever it stopped raining which wasn't very often* However, the flowers did well and I've got a good crop of
m
eryeanthemums coing along if only the frost doesn't
get them.   £^-— H3t*' ^ fait    #^X /
Gertrude Hall was in to&n duting the summer and spent
an afternoon with me* Great things are going on at the
Calgary General and she seems well &^nappy although, as
usual, working far too hard* She seems to have gathered a good staff around her and they make a fine team*
One of them accompanied her — such a fine young woman*
Well, my dear, drop me a line these days and tell me
what you are doing and thinking*

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