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NIGHTINGALE, Florence (1820-1910). Reformer of nursing.
Autograph Letter Signed [to Elizabeth Herbert, widow of Sidney Herbert] ('Dearest'), 1 page 8vo on black-edged paper, 35 South Street, Park Lane, 1 August 1869. Written on the eve of the 8th anniversary of the death of Sidney Herbert, offering cold consolation ('a loss of which I feel more & more every year how agonizing it is ... May God bless you & give you joy in your children').
'... A loss which is national, not personal. Personal losses one can bear. ...'
The bond between Florence Nightingale and Elizabeth (Lizzie) Herbert was strong from their first meeting in Rome in 1847, further strengthened by working together on committees and by consoling one another after Herbert's death. Miss Nightingale assisted at the birth of one of the Herbert children and maintained an interest in their welfare. It was Sidney Herbert who had persuaded Florence to take a party of female nurses to Scutari in 1854, and she deeply respected and revered him, keeping his death date (2 August) annually throughout the rest of her own life.
A note in the recipient's hand notes the date quotes the above exerpt from the letter.

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