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Florence Nightingale of Lea Hurst, Derbyshire and Embley, Hampshire (1820-1910), nurse and social reformer

 

1876-1890

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Letters from Florence Nightingale, writing from Lea Hurst, Derbyshire, 10 South Street, Park Lane, London W, and Claydon House, Winslow, Bucks., to Christopher Blencowe Noble Dunn (1836-1892), surgeon, of Crich, Derbyshire, concerning the illnesses, diet, water supplies and medical treatment of her family, household staff and villagers in the Lea and Holloway district

Topics touched on include:

Alice, HRH Princess, death, 1878;

Army Sanitary Commission, 1879;

Ascot Convalescent Home: see Lee, Harry, 1879;

Bosnian refugee relief;

Charity: abuse and misdirection, 1879, 1880;

Christmas at St Thomas' Hospital, London, 1877;

Doctors, local: (other than Mr Dunn), 1877, 1879, 1887, 1890;

Hospitals and nursing standards: Buxton [Devonshire: Hospital and Bath], 1877, 1878, 1879, 1880, London, St Bartholomew's, 1878, London, St George's, 1878, London, St Thomas': see Lee, Harry, 1879, Nottingham The Pendlebury, nd;

Indian famine, deaths, 1879...

1876-1890

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn concerning typhoid patient, Mrs Swindell

 

20 Oct 1876

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn requesting that he look in on a few patients, one of who is vomiting blood, and update her on their prognosis

 

27 Oct 1876

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn asking how he would like his anonymous patient to be cared for

 

12 Jul 1877

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn expressing her concerns about two patients suffering from heart trouble, one of whom has bedsores and an "abominable" smell coming from a local hospital

 

22 Aug 1877

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn inquiring about the status of several patients with severe illnesses and complications and asks him to help advise their course of treatments

Also asking if the bedding of a small pox patient should be destroyed or disinfected

23 Aug 1877

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn requesting that he check on a patient named Widow Limb who has rheumatism

 

12 Sep 1877

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn inquiring about a patient and asking him to check in on the child of an acquaintance who has taken ill

 

10 Oct 1877

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn inquiring about a "small padded board" for a child

 

7 Oct 1877

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn expressing hope that Widow Limb may be able to go to Buxton hospital for care

 

12 Oct 1877

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn asking him to see a patient who has had a rash break out on his head

 

14 Oct 1877

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn labelled "private" informing him about the deteriorating condition of Rose Wren who he has diagnosed with scrofula

Florence Nightingale also appears to give negative opinions about an unnamed doctor who is apparently the "figure head" she mentions in other letters

14 Oct 1877

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn venting about an ineffective "figurehead" at a local hospital and updates him on the status of some of the patients they have been caring for

 

16 Oct 1877

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn about the difficulties of admitting a patient to the hospital, advising that another patient (for whom she offers to pay) be admitted, also mentions a patient who may be suffering from a case of whooping cough

 

19 Oct 1877

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn him to come to her home to check on her nurse maid Fanny

 

25 Oct 1877

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn requestsing medication for a patient who could not tolerate "cod liver oils"

 

24 Nov 1877

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn lamenting the passing of a patient by the name of Mr Hitchcock and thanking Dr Dunn for caring for him and his continued care of other patients she has referred to him

She also advises him on the care of other patients and describes holiday festivities at the hospital, and mentions a "carbonated soda treatment" that has been recently tried on a patient with burns

Samuel Hitchcock of Holloway was buried at Crich on 2 Jan 1878, aged 59.

4 Jan 1878

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn asking him to check up on Widow Limb and mentions that should would be willing to pay any expenses to have her admitted to Buxton hospital

 

25 Jun 1878

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn thanking him for his help with patients she has referred to him and mentions another patient who has swelling on her arms that she needs advice treating

 

27 Jun 1878

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn whereby she refers new patients to him

 

13 Aug 1878

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn asking him to update her on a patient with an ankle injury and discussing the possibility of committing a patient suffering from "religious mania" to an asylum if she cannot be cured

The letter indicates that this would not be the first time the patient has been admitted to an asylum

28 Aug 1878

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Letter, written on mourning stationery, from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn requesting that he assist in the care of a new patient

 

3 Sep 1878

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn inviting him to lunch and asks him for advice on treating several patients

 

8 Sep 1878

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn discussing possible treatment plans for several patients

 

5 Oct 1878

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn about a patient who is experiencing back and chest pain after overindulging in food and drink on a trip

 

10 Oct 1878

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn asking if a patient should be allowed to go to her mother's for the Wakes

 

11 Oct 1878

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn asking about an event invitation and updating him on the status of two patients

 

11 Oct 1878

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn asking him to look in on a patient and expressing her excitement at his impending visit

 

13 Oct 1878

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn praising a medication he has prescribed for a patient and asking for his advice regarding treatment plans for others

 

22 Oct 1878

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn requesting that he fill out a form for her and asking about possible courses of treatment for patients

 

25 Oct 1878

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn requesting that he use his "magic" [likely a euphemism for some kind of medicine] to help assuage a patient's headaches, and updating him on the status of other patients

 

3 Nov 1878

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn asking for advice about some inflammation around her eye

 

13 Nov 1878

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn informing him that she has set an inquiry into a local hospital into motion and disparaging several nurses and doctors, with updates on the status of several patients

 

2 Jan 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn discussing the goings on with their mutual acquaintances, telling him about her recent trip to London and inquiring about possible changes in diet for a patient, changes in treatment for others and if he is willing to take a new patient

 

21 Jan 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn discussing a patient who may have to undergo an amputation and updates on several other patients, with disparaging comments on the behaviour of other local medical practitioners

 

7 Feb 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn thanking him for the help he has provided many of their patients and going into detail about these patient's health and her personal opinions of them

 

6 Mar 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn thanking him for his help in caring for certain patients and updates him on the conditions of others, also expressing reservations over how a patient is being cared for

 

12 Apr 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn questioning him about the patients she is most anxious to hear of

 

24 May 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn expressing her shock and dismay at deaths from typhoid

 

30 May 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn expressing her shock at an outbreak of typhoid and implores him to help a woman who may be a typhoid patient

The letter also encourages him to push for the closing of a local school for the duration of the outbreak

21 Jul 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale, herself feeling ill, to Dr Dunn continuing to express her dismay at the typhoid outbreak and asking him for advice on treating other patients with various afflictions

 

24 Aug 1879

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Part of a letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn updating him about several patients and asks for his advice regarding a course of treatment for each of them, including typhoid patient Harriet Limb

 

31 Aug 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn expressing her happiness that Harriet Limb, a typhoid patient, is recovering well, providing updates on several other patients and requesting his continual advice in caring for them

 

7 Sep 1879

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Letter marked 'Private' from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn expresses her relief that typhoid patient Harriet Limb has been recovering well, expressing her wish for the water in the family well to be "analyzed" to attempt to determine the source of the typhoid, and asking where Harriett and her mother should be sent to continue their recovery

 

14 Sep 1879

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Letter, marked Private, from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn thanking him for analyzing the well water at the home of a typhoid patient and discussing plans for sanitizing it, with discussion of other patients

 

20 Sep 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn updating him on the case of a typhoid patient, attempting to uncover the sources of the disease and discussing patients suffering from scarlet fever and one who has had a "bilious" attack

 

27 Sep 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn reporting that Mrs Limb's, a typhoid patient, condition has deteriorated, and asking for advice regarding her continuing treatment and for the treatment of other patients

 

4 Oct 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn asking him to order a "water bed" for typhoid patient Harriett Limb and discussing the continued attempts to deduce the source of the illness

 

16 Oct 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn requesting his assistance in caring for her maid Fanny who is suffering from indigestion

 

25 Oct 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn requesting his help in caring for various patients

 

26 Oct 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn thanking him for his help with the "Buxton Hospital" and noting that she was helping to pay for the care of Mrs Limb and Lizzie Holmes in the past year

 

8 Nov 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn regarding personal business and the "Women's Club"

 

9 Nov 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn asking his advice regarding the care of several patients and discussing personal business with him

 

9 Nov 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn updating him about their "proteges" and requests his advice regarding the treatment of patients

 

14 Nov 1879

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn asking him to continue tending to their patients needs, including providing them with moral guidance

 

10 Jan 1880

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Letter (on mourning stationary) from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn primarily discussing the case of a critically ill child, "Little Lee", who likely has little chance of recovery

 

21 Feb 1880

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Letter (on mourning stationery) from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn reporting that "Little Lee" is still very ill and continues to have little chance of recovery, also asking for advice in treating other patients

 

20 Apr 1880

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Letter (on mourning stationery) from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn updating him on the status of several of their patients and expressing concern regarding young Rose Limb's attempts to leave the family home, believing that she has gone morally astray and wishes for Dr Dunn to help set her straight

A portion marked "private" is written on different paper - it is unclear if both items were part of the same letter. If not, at least one page is missing from the first item, and the second is not dated

25 Jun 1880

D2546/ZZ/59

Letter (on mourning stationery) from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn expressing concern over the health of her maid Fanny who has been ill since the previous year and asking for advice in caring for her and other patients

 

9 Jul 1880

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Letter, written on mourning stationery, from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn asking advice regarding the care of various patients

 

26 Sep 1880

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Letter (on mourning stationery, in pencil) from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn asking him to look in on a new patient

 

22 Oct 1880

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Letter (on mourning stationery), marked private, from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn expressing serious concerns about the mental state of her maid Fanny who appear to be suffering from a mental breakdown and suicidal thoughts

There appears to be a second page to this letter which is missing

26 Oct 1880

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Letter, written on mourning stationery, from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn asking him to look on a patient who suffered a fall

 

9 Nov 1880

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Letter (on mourning stationery) from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn requesting medication for a patient suffering from "bowel" problems and discussing more personal business

 

23 Nov 1880

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Letter (on mourning stationery) from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn about a proposed "coffee room" they have been discussing

 

27 Nov 1880

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Letter (on mourning stationery), from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn about the proposed Whatsandwell "coffee room"

 

1 Dec 1880

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Letter (on mourning stationery) from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn about plans for the "Whatstandwell" coffee room and thanking him for his earlier visit

 

2 Dec 1880

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Letter (on mourning stationery) from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn about plans for the "Whatstandwell" coffee room, and asking him to look in on two patients, one who has been feeling ill and another who strained his ankle

 

7 Dec 1880

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An apparent checklist made by Florence Nighgtingale for Dr Dunn regarding the needs of their patients, written on an envelope (mourning stationery)

 

12 Dec 1880

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Letter (on mourning stationery) from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn about plans for the "Whatstandwell" coffee room, updating him on the state of several patients, asking him to write a prescription for and check in on a few others and expressing serious concerns about the living conditions of Mrs Limb

 

14 Dec 1880

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Letter (on mourning stationery) from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn about various patients and their current needs

 

18 Dec 1880

D2546/ZZ/72

Letter (on mourning stationery) from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn discussing several patients and the progress of their plans for the Whatstandwell coffee house

It is unclear if D2546/ZZ/73 was written at the same time as the D2546/ZZ/72.

1 Jan 1881

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn requesting that he take on Lizzie Holmes as a patient again, asking about treatment plans for several others, discussing business with the Workmen's Committee and giving updates on the Whatsandwell coffee room

 

29 Oct [c1881]

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn thanking him for looking in on a patient and asking him for his opinion of the patient's prognosis

 

19 Feb 1884

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Card from Florence Nightingale thanking Dr Dunn for his help with two patients and expressing concerns that the relatives of one want to have her committed

 

28 Feb 1884

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Letter (on mourning stationery) from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn discussing possible changes to the Whatstandwell coffee room to make it more appealing to male patrons, expressing concern that a patient may develop pneumonia and admitting that she has been in poor spirits of late

Part of this letter appears to be missing

26 Apr 1884

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn requesting that he have their current patients update her on their condition and discussing their ailments

 

22 Jul 1884

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn asking him to look in on a large number of patients, apologising for her delay in writing, explaining that she was a been having a difficult time and has had inflammation in her eye

 

11 Dec 1884

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Letter from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn discussing several patients who have been doing poorly and thanks him for his help with them

 

16 May 1887

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Letter (on mourning stationery) from Florence Nightingale to Dr Dunn discussing difficulties getting a current patient to eat and asking for his help

 

23 Sep 1890

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