NIGHTINGALE, Florence, Nursing Pioneer (1820-1910). Autograph letter signed to Miss Worsley of Derbyshire, replying to a request to recommend a friend of the writer's. 'With regard to the application made to me, I am afraid I must answer what I am compelled to answer to innumerable applications of the same kind, viz we train matrons and nurses for hospital & workhouse infirmaries at our Training School at St. Thomas' Hospital. For there we have such a demand that our supply falls far short of it. And we are often engaged years deep, for we do not recommend persons except fully approved. And candidates of that kind are not so plentiful as applications for them ... Institutions will only take from our trained matrons and nurses. They would not and ought not to take my recommendation of persons I did not know, neither would I recommend persons whether after an interview or not, whom we had not tried by a year's training.' She ends, 'I also venture to enclose a little paper of mine in Good Words page 360, called 'Una and the Lion', on one of the best & dearest of our pupils who died at her post - which gives some idea of what we aim at. May God bless you & yours is the prayer of yours affectionately ever, Florence Nightingale'. 5 sides, January 27th 1870, with the original envelope also signed by Florence Nightingale, postage stamps removed.
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