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sale for the shipwrecked passengers. (He has some ‘‘order’’ from the king of Italy for services to Garibaldian crews, hence his ‘‘letters.’’ The nurses call him ‘‘Sir Edward Scott.’’) My best love to Margaret and your children—I was so sorry not to be able to see them in London. I hope it was only a pleasure deferred. The Miss Perssè to whom you were so kind in giving letters of introduction in Liverpool is prospering. ever yours and Margaret’s Florence Nightingale Editor: A last contact with nursing in Canada was an 1899 visit from Mabel M. Barward, a nurse from Hamilton, Ontario, who wrote Nightingale in 1900 recalling the meeting.767 Other Countries Editor: As above, the material is chronologically arranged by first contact , except for those very brief mentions of countries that are grouped at the end. Mauritius Editor: In 1858 Lord Carnarvon (1831-90) approached Nightingale, on behalf of Lord Stanley (1826-93), the colonial secretary, regarding obtaining female nurses for Mauritius.768 Nightingale evidently proposed the Convent of Mercy of Bermondsey. Next she received a letter from her friend and comrade from the Crimean War the mother superior there, Mary Clare Moore (1814-74), conveying the thanks of their bishop, Dr Grant, ‘‘for so kindly directing the attention of Lord Stanley to this convent to get nurses for the hospitals in Mauritius.’’ Opinion differed as to the number of nurses required for such a large hospital. Moore further told Nightingale, ‘‘The bishop said that if you were to express an opinion that the whole nursing department ought to be under the sisters it would be a means of preventing disquietudes hereafter.’’769 767 Letter to Nightingale 12 December 1900, Add Mss 45815 f154. 768 Letter 12 May 1858, Add Mss 45797 f16. 769 Letter 17 May 1858, Add Mss 45797 ff13-15. Extending Nightingale Nursing in Hospitals / 547 Source: From a letter to Mary Clare Moore, Convent of Mercy, Bermondsey 18 May 1858 My dearest Revd Mother, I am very sorry that you should have this anxiety now, and almost sorry that I should have been the means of bringing it upon you at all. I wish you could get strength first. If you could, I think the beautiful climate of the Mauritius might do you good. But I don’t know how you are to be spared from home. I agree in everything you say, and have written the enclosed, which I will rewrite and alter in any way that may put it better, to your thinking . This is the way I should like to work it myself, viz., with Hindus under sisters. But I have no direct acquaintance with the Mauritius and feel quite ignorant on the Hindu question. I should think it important that the sisters who go should understand French. ever my dearest Reverend Mother’s F.N. Editor: The next involvement with Mauritius was not until 1897, when Nightingale received a letter about training a young girl from Mauritius as a nurse—where should she be trained?770 Nightingale inquired of Henry Bonham Carter, in the letter immediately below, but we know nothing further on the matter. Source: From a letter to Henry Bonham Carter, Add Mss 47728 ff141-43 8 July 1897 Colonial Association’’ for Nursing. Miss Grimston. Mauritius girl. Advise, advise, pray. The only thing (1) Miss Grimston definitely asks for is what London hospital to send her Mauritius girl to for training. But (2) she asks for general advice, i.e., anything, I suppose, I like to say. (This is rather a large order, considering the ‘‘colonies’’ are all over the world and ‘‘Newfoundland’’ is not exactly the next village to ‘‘Sierra Leone.’’) She says the printed ‘‘papers’’ will give ‘‘full particulars.’’ But in fact they tell little of what we want to know. Nothing is said about age and a ‘‘family of young girls in Mauritius’’ must embrace several ages. Everything seems to depend on the committee of management and secretary. You probably know more about the people on the printed list than I do—I scarcely know any of them. . . . 770 Letter from Mary Grimston 2 July 1897, Add Mss 47728 ff145-46. 548 / Florence Nightingale: Extending Nursing 3. As to ‘‘which’’ ‘‘London hospital’’ ‘‘would be the best for her to go to,’’ what do you say? We cannot say ‘‘St Bartholomew’s.’’ I should say Miss Lückes and the London, but that it is such an overgrown place: 800 beds, 200 probationers...


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