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FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE LETTERS
1. Excerpt of a letter, 1855 (front)
I have just seen Sir John McNeil’s & Colonel Tulloch’s correct, cool, dispassionate report. England has never realised the six thousand graves at Scutari, the many many more in the Crimea. but I have seen the men come down through that long long dreadful winter (we received four thousand in seventeen days between Dec 17 /54 & Jan 3 /55) without other covering than a dirty blanket & a pair of old Regimental trousers
1. Excerpt of a letter, 1855 (back)
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when the stores were teeming with every kind of warm clothing, living skeletons devoured with vermin, ulcerated, hopeless & helpless & die without ever lifting up their heads 70 – 80 per diem on the Bosphorus alone up to the 13th Feby when we reached our maximum of mortality.
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The report is a model
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of cool conscientious truth but Sir John McNeil & Colonel Tulloch did not see these things. I did, & nobody I believe who has not to this day realizes them. [in another hand] Extract from a letter of Miss Nightingale
Nightingale, Florence. Florence Nightingale Letters Collection: 1845-1878. Located in Modern Manuscripts Collection, History of Medicine Division, National Library of Medicine, Bethesda, MD; MS C 545