Cottage Hospital Letter

Autograph letter signed to Miss Johnson, 35 South Street, 4 January 1878

Nightingale writes to Miss Johnson, who is identified from the accompanying envelope as being at Highgate Infirmary, regarding a position at a cottage hospital. “I am sorry to say that before I received your note to the Cottage Hospital which I mentioned to Miss Hincks a Matron had been appointed. We have been offered another at Leicester. I doubt its suiting you: if you wish to hear more about it, would you write to Mr. Bonham Carter? Yes surely: I would gladly see you, if you wish it, tho’overwhelmed with business interviews.” She has signed, “F. Nightingale” Henry Bonham Carter, a successful barrister, devoted much of his time to the Nightingale Fund for the training of nurses. A dew years before this letter, he had undertaken visits to hospitals at the front during the Franco-Prussian War and reported on the work of the National Society for Aid to the Sick and Wounded, subsequently the British Red Cross.