Autograph signed letter from Florence Nightingale in the Scutari Barrack Hospital [Selimiye Barracks] to Benjamin Hawes, Deputy Secretary at War,
26 November 1855
|Main Creator:||Nightingale, Florence, 1820-1910.|
Scutari [also known as Selimiye] Barracks is a Turkish army barracks located in the Üsküdar of Istanbul, Turkey. After the troops of the 33rd and 41st Regiments of the British Army left, the barracks was converted into a temporary hospital and Florence Nightingale along with volunteer nurses moved into the barracks on November 4, 1854. Nightingale writes to Hawes asking him to contact the Roman Catholic Bishop of Southwark, London regarding the fact that she is having difficulties with thirteen Irish Roman Catholic nuns who have been sent to assist her at the hospital. She says that will happily pay for their passage back to England as the nuns, led by Mother Francis Bridgeman, would only accept their bishop [rather than Nighingale] as their superior.
|Citation:||National Library of Ireland. Department of Manuscripts.|
Benjamin Hawes was an English Whig politican.
Joanna Bridgeman [Mother Mary Francis, known as Mother Francis](c.1812 - 1888)was a Sister of Mercy nun. She was the daughter of St. John Bridgeman and Lucy Reddan of Derrynane. Co. Kerry, who was a relation of Daniel O'Connell. In this letter she is referred to as Mrs Bridgeman throughout [as reverend mothers during this period were often given the title "Mrs."].
Physical description: 1 [4pp.] [folded] sheet
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