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  • Florence Nightingale Collection - Letters to James George Fife

    In this lesson, students will examine the collection of letters sent by Florence Nightingale to James George Fife, a Royal Engineer working on Indian irrigation systems. The letters reveal the deep concern for the Indian people that Nightingale possessed and the policies the British government used when dealing with colonial affairs. Across a series of activities and tasks, the students will develop an argument on the feelings and treatment of colonial citizens and culminate the lesson by creati…

  • Florence Nightingale Collection - Personal Correspondence Classroom Activity

    This collection of letters shows Nightingale's concerns and her challenges with developing policies that would be beneficial to the poor and sick. Nightingale's primary concern here is sanitation and the care of wounded soldiers. The letters also contain a peek into Nightingale's private life, describing her views on poetry, plants, and her love of the countryside. Across a series of activities and tasks, students will use the letters as a catalyst to respond to domestic issues and politics duri…

  • Letter written by Florence Nightingale regarding lodging for a Mrs. Tugwood

    This letter to an unknown recipient discussed an advertisement for lodging for a Mrs. Tugwood and whether funding for publishing this advertisement could come from the Governess' Aid Society. This letter was written while Nightingale was superintendant of the Institute for the Care of Sick Gentlewomen in London.

  • Letter from Florence Nightingale to Lady Augusta Stanley about Julius von Mohl meeting with a Shah

    Letter to Lady Augusta Stanley, who was a lady in waiting to Queen Victoria, asking if Julius von Mohl, an orientalist, would be helpful during a visit by a Shah. Nightingale stated that she had contacted neither Mr. Mohl, nor his wife, Mary Elizabeth Mohl, who was a good friend of Nightingale, about the idea.

  • Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr. Reinhold Rost about borrowing books from his personal library

    This letter was written to Dr. Reinhold Rost, asking to borrow several books that would allow Nightingale to finish a report regarding how land tenure and social relations were handled between two different castes, zaminders and ryots in India. Zaminders were similar to lords or barons, while ryots were peasant tenant farmers.

  • Letter from Florence Nightingale to Lt. Col. Fife about requesting irrigation information

    Letter to Lieutenant Colonel I. G. Fife in which Nightingale was asking for permission to request information regarding irrigation efforts in the Madras (now called Chennai) and Bengal areas of India. Irrigation development during the British period between 1860 and 1900 was an important subject to Nightingale.

  • Follow up letter from Florence Nightingale letter to Lt. Col. Fife thanking him for information

    This is another letter to Lieutenant Colonel Fife, thanking him for sending the needed information, alerting him to the need for further information, and congratulating him on his beneficial irrigation efforts in India. Nightingale shared that a new Under Secretary to India recently began his tenure and was overseeing projects regarding irrigation improvements.

  • Letter from Florence Nightingale to Maj. Gen. James Fife concerning irrigation budget cuts

    This letter to Maj. Gen. Fife speaks of Nightingale's concerns regarding needed irrigation work in India when budget cuts were almost sure to occur. She was concerned for the Indian people, and saddened by the recent famine and the ongoing Afghan war. She had great concerns and requested an immediate meeting with Maj. Gen. Fife, specifying she would like to meet with him the same day that the letter was delivered to him. She also asked him about the official number of deaths in the recent fam…

  • Letter from Florence Nightingale to Gen. Maj. George Fife about meeting with Mr. Edward Prinsep

    Letter written to General Major James George Fife of Wayne State University, regarding a potential meeting between Gen. Major Fifle and Mr. Edward Prinsep, who was involved in improving the infrastructure of India. Nightingale stated that she hoped the two could meet in the near future since both were familiar with facts of the ongoing sanitary issues of India, as well as the fact the Mr. Prinsep would be staying in England for a short time.

  • Follow up letter from Florence Nightingale to Gen. Maj. George Fife

    Nightingale begins by thanking Gen. Maj. Fife for materials she used to write reports and expressed interest in a particular article. She stated that she would like to meet with him to obtain his opinion on various matters having to do with irrigation and sanitary systems and procedures within areas of India where British soldiers were stationed and treated in hospitals.

  • Letter from Florence Nightingale to Major General James George Fife showing interest in paper he wrote

    Nightingale wrote to Maj. Gen. J.G. Fife, of Wayne State University, to express her interest in a paper that he published regarding civil engineering in India. She stated that she was happy to hear that there were talented people in the engineering field in India and that she hoped that Maj. Gen. Fife would be able to personally deliver his paper to her.

  • Follow-up letter from Florence Nightingale to Lt. Gen. Fife thanking him for information and requests articles

    Nightingale takes time to thank Lt. Gen. Fife for three letter written to her which contained information about ongoing events in India, as well as articles Nightingale needed to continue her work there. She explained to Lt. Gen. Fife that she had been ill and overworked and that was her reason for not replying sooner to his letters. She also shared that several of her letters on the topic of irrigation and water transit were published in “Illustrated News” and that she would send them to Lt. …

  • Letter from Florence Nightingale to Lt. Gen. Fife about Irrigation Public Works

    Nightingale was concerned about irrigation systems in India; which had been improved and were financially profitable. She stated that she would like to meet with Lt. Gen. Fife to discuss the matters with him.

  • Letter from Florence Nightingale to Mrs. Hilyard

    This letter was written to let the recipient know that accommodations for a Mrs. Tugwood were not needed, as she would stay with Nightingale (at the hospital?) until moving to a convalescent institution in the following week. This letter was written while Nightingale was superintendant of the Institute for the Care of Sick Gentlewomen in London.

  • Letter from Florence Nightingale to Lt. Gen. Fife requesting a meeting with him

    Nightingale was concerned with the possibility that the Public Works will lose funds and that the poorest, with no voice, wwould suffer without adequate water and irrigation. She requested a meeting with Lt. Gen. Fife, asking if he would do so the following Monday at 5pm, as she was unable to reschedule other events on her calendar.

  • Letter from Florence Nightingale to Lt. Gen. Fife about possible budget cuts to Public Works

    In this letter to Lt. Gen. Fife, Nightingale expresses her concerns regarding the budget cuts the Public Works was facing, which would seriously diminish the irrigation improvements that were vital to the improvement of the lives of untold Indians. She goes on to ask Lt. Gen. Fife his opinion of a Revenue Report, which talks about budget cuts. She also asked if he had met with Mr. Prinsep about these topics and the idea of colonizing waste lands for indigenous peoples. Nightingale requests th…

  • Letter from Florence Nightingale to Lt. Gen. Fife asking for his opinion on topics

    Nightingale thanks Lt. Gen. Fife for an enclosed report which he borrowed to her. She then asked about an interview he had with Mr. Prinsep regarding irrigation issues. Nightingale goes on to ask Fife his opinion on various matters concerning Indian people in regards to relief acts and the stoppage of Public Works. She also stated her desire to meet with him to discuss these issues.

  • Letter from Florence Nightingale to Maude, possibly Maude Verney, the wife of Nightingale's sister's stepson.

    This letter is to Nightingale’s niece, Maude, and in it she thanks Maude for supplying Nightingale with a needed address and asks her to relay pleasant thoughts to a Mrs. Green. Nightingale also stated that she hoped Mrs. Green would schedule an appointment to meet with her and ends with sharing her happiness regarding the improvements made by the British for the betterment of the Indian people.

  • Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr. Ord about meeting with him that same day

    This short letter to Dr. William Miller Ord requested a meeting with him on the same day it was delivered.

  • Meeting confirmation letter from Florence Nightingale to Sir Lintorn Simmons

    This letter to Sir Lintorn Simmons from Florence Nightingale confirms a meeting between them for Monday, March 21, 1892, at her suggested time of 5:15 p.m.