GL N8.4, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries

GL N8.4, Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland City Libraries

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Letter to Sir George Grey from Florence Nightingale

Author: Florence Nightingale
Ref No: GL N8.4
Date Added: 1863
Date Created: 28 July 1863

Florence Nightingale sent three letters in quick succession to Sir George Grey in April 1860, while he was Governor of Cape Colony. Her primary aim was to collect data about native schools, but she also inquired about the effectiveness of the sanatorium that Grey had established in the colony asking a couple of specific medical questions. She wrote again to Grey in July 1863 and March 1864, offering her help in setting up hospitals, when he had taken up his second term as governor of New Zealand. Her letter of 28 July is particularly fascinating because it is more personal in tone than the others.

A woman of deep religious conviction, she believed that the betterment of health services throughout British domains was her divine calling. ‘God bless you,’ she tells Grey. ‘You will do a noble work in New Zealand.’ The she adds a characteristic admonition, ‘But pray think of your Statistics.’

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