Item #33402.6 FRAMED AUTOGRAPH LETTER, Signed. 35 South St Park Lane W December 29, 1876. Florence . Rawlinson Nightingale, Sir Robert - Recipient, 1820 - 1910, 1810 - 1898.
FRAMED AUTOGRAPH LETTER, Signed. 35 South St Park Lane W December 29, 1876.
FRAMED AUTOGRAPH LETTER, Signed. 35 South St Park Lane W December 29, 1876.

FRAMED AUTOGRAPH LETTER, Signed. 35 South St Park Lane W December 29, 1876.

London: 1876. One page of 33 lines of mss text [~ 275 words], in pencil. Top third folded over to fit the framing, entire letter visible via both sides [Front: 8-3/4" x 6-3/4", 20 lines, full signature; Rear: 4-1/8" x 6-1/2", 13 lines]. Framed with half-tone b/w photographic image [5-3/4" x 4"], ca 1860, of Nightingale, to the right side. Frame: 15-1/8" x 18-1/2". Brownish-gold wooden frame [1-1/8" diameter], with green mat; letter & picture with gold mat perimeter. A very nice, framed VG+ ALs from this Champion of the Nursing profession, which shows a bit of age-toning [mostly to top half] & some fold lines. Frame is modern, showing little wear. Item #33402.6

Rawlinson was an English engineer and sanitarian. Early in 1855 popular feeling in England was so aroused by the waste of life that was going on among the British troops in the Crimea through disease, and by the mismanagement of the campaign, that the Aberdeen ministry was forced to resign. Lord Palmerston, who then became prime minister, sent a sanitary commission, consisting of Rawlinson and two medical members (Dr. John Sutherland and Dr. Hector Gavin), with full powers from the War Office, to do whatever it thought would lead to better hygienic conditions in camp and hospital. It was during this period Rawlinson & Nightingale met, and as this letter attests, subsequently stayed in touch.

Herein she begins, "I am alsways glad to see your handwriting. For myself, the year that is now drawing to a close has taken, I think, more out of me than all the last 21 years. ... I am working very hard, or rather I might be, for so much has to be done for India & for Nurse Training at home. But we have a higher & a better hope than from our own work. For the door which we have been privileged to help to open can never again be closed." She continues that she has enclosed £5 for the Testimonial for Mr & Mrs S. C. Hall, "tho I am not aware of what nature is this 'Testimonial'. Please do not let my address appear in any List of Contributors or otherwise. I am so unequal to writing one unneccessary line. ... Yours most sincerely Florence Nightingale."

Price: $3,000.00