London, South Kensington
30 November 2001
NIGHTINGALE, Florence (1820-1910). Autograph letter signed to an unidentified correspondent ('Sir'), General Hospital, Balaclava, 28 April 1856, 4 pages, 8vo (remnants of tape and mount to inner margin, remnant of paste on laste page).
Florence Nightingale writes from the Crimea, giving news of a fellow nurse: Miss Tattersall, the housekeeper at the General Hospital in Scutari, 'is in good health, & I have great pleasure in bearing my testimony to her excellent character, & to the very useful part she has taken in our work'; she can give no information on when the hospital staff will return.
Soon after the date of this letter Florence Nightingale was herself struck down with Crimean fever, and was dangerously ill for 12 days. The Balaclava hospital was not closed until July 1856.
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