Lot 188: ALS, one page both sides, 8 x 10, January 15, 1876. Letter to Miss McDonagh, who intends to apply for a vacancy at St. Thomas' Hospital. In part: "I believe there is little prospect of a vacancy for a Lady Probationer at present (Personally I know of more than 12 waiting for admission.) I believe there would be more prospects of a vacancy for a Nurse Probationer, should you choose to enter as such. Several ladies, one now enjoying a higher appointment, have done so…I would advise you, as you signify your desire to 'enter at St. Thomas' in any Department where there may be a vacancy,' to mention to Mrs. Wardroper that you would have no objection to enter as a Nurse Probationer. (I will inform her of your application to me.) And I assure you that you have my best wishes for your success." Nightingale's letter is somewhat strangely formatted, beginning halfway down one side of the sheet, continuing for the entirety of the opposite side, and concluding on the upper half. In very good condition, with crudely repaired separations to intersecting folds (a heavy vertical fold passing through the center of her first name), and scattered creases, soiling, and edge tears.
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Wednesday, 14th October 2015
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