Letter of Florence Nightingale

Scope and Content

Manuscript letter written by Florence Nightingale from her home in Park Lane, London, to Dr Heywood Smith in response to his previous correspondence concerning the provision of midwifery training and instruction to women, including comments on statistics of deaths at lying-in institutes and the possibility of women being allowed to supersede men in midwifery practice. Includes a typed transcript of the letter.

Custodial History

The letter originally accompanied a copy of Florence Nightingale's book 'Lying-In Institutions', a copy of which is held by the College Library, inscribed by her to Heywood Smith.