Josephine Butler to Albert Rutson

Scope and Content

Typed copy of letter. Her sufferings continue but she still works a little in her room. The most fruitful times for her are those in which she is alone. Please never mention to her consulting doctors; she has consulted nine doctors in three countries and they all said that the medical art could do nothing for her. Of Miss Garrett she says that she gained more from her than any other doctor simply because as a woman she could talk to her more freely. She feels very strongly on the subject of women having women doctors, and wrote on this subject when she was only 19. Then Miss Nightingale arose and said the same. 'O do not let men crush that hope again.'

Administrative / Biographical History

Saturday.

Biog: Dr Symonds; Sir James Clarke; Dr Garrett Anderson; Florence Nightingale