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[continued] 18 May 1889 I am glad I did not send this yesterday. Mr Rathbone, as you know, did go to Miss Pringle and she writes to me that she has written to you (very unnecessary) and has ‘‘written to Miss Spencer inquiring about an Irish lady up there.’’ (She is at all events not thinking of herself.) Is there any sensible Irish lady, well with both sides, whom I could ask? (I am afraid our cousin by marriage is not ‘‘sensible.’’) Pray advise your distracted F.N. If you would kindly return this to me with your suggestions. Or are you seeing Mr Rathbone yourself? . . . Do you think I should caution Mr Rathbone against seeing Cardinal Manning? or let it alone? HBC: See my note. Source: From a letter to Henry Bonham Carter, Add Mss 47727 f62 10 May 1896 Dublin ‘‘Queen’s Jubilee’’ Nurses. By Miss Dunn’s kindness I have received Miss St Clair’s reports and St Patrick’s reports. The latter I knew little or nothing about. The reports are admirable. (Of course I cannot know of my own personal knowledge whether they are correct.) The St Patrick’s gives a list of diseases attended and also storiettes, showing what the nurses do. They are a little Irish in complacency— seeing the Bloomsbury did these things long before. The St Clair reports are also very good. Perhaps you did them yourself. Extending District Nursing Outside Britain Germany Editor: In addition to the correspondence with the grand duchess of Baden on hospital nursing above, the next two letters here are to do with her requests specifically regarding district nursing. Source: From two letters to Henry Bonham Carter, Add Mss 47727 ff27 and 31-32 9 March 1896 The grand duchess of Baden has written to me (she is fast going blind) asking for particulars of our work. She really knows her own work well, and is, excepting her sister-in-law, Empress Frederick [crown princess of Prussia], the only princess who knows anything. (I did not answer her last letter, which I repent.) Her own work is 300 District Nursing / 871 trained nurses divided between sixty stations. I therefore conclude that they are district nurses, and that what she would like best to hear of are the trained district nurses and the rural district nurses here. She says some of hers are good and some bad, which indeed we can all say. If you could remind me of something printed, either by ourselves or by others, on the subject I should be so much obliged to you. (I learnt a good deal from Miss Peter, Miss Oldham and Miss Guthrie Wright.) 14 March 1896 Grand duchess of Baden. You have been most kind and good in answering my tiresome applications. Except Miss Pringle and Mr Rathbone , I think the letter from the grand duchess, asking about our work, presses most. She is a real saint. She says she shall never see England again. I did not want to trouble you to look about for reports for her which I should not send her. If I could have a report of the rural district work, and of the London district work, it would refresh my memory. And I think I could make her a written letter, especially if you would help me with hints, which might be useful to her, and would at all events interest her. I don’t suppose that they have the same abject drunkenness and poverty to contend with that we have (a Lady Hope, Sir William Wedderburn’s sister, who wrote to me for information, was quite scandalized with my ‘‘Rural Hygiene,’’ and said they had nothing like that in Scotland). The grand duchess may say the same, but still I think I might say what influence the nurses might use and they must not be lecturers. I have Miss Perssè’s and the Bloomsbury reports. But anything you can send will be welcome. Canada Editor: Nightingale played a behind-the-scenes role in establishing district nursing in Canada, and was privy to some of the difficulties and even the machinations needed to deal with Canadian doctors, who were generally hostile. The idea of providing visiting nurses emerged when two members of the Vancouver Council of Women in 1896 told Lady Aberdeen, wife of the governor general,150 of the hardships suffered by sick women 150 Lady Aberdeen, née Ishbel Maria Marjoribanks (1857-1939). 872 / Florence Nightingale: Extending...


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