Sir Richard Strachey to Sir Charles

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Very interested to read the conclusions those on the Sanitary Commission Report have come to which closely coincide with the steps that he thought should be adopted. Thinks resistance to any health measures will be very great. He instances the suggestion of providing workshops of which he approves if the occupation of the men in the workshops is made part of the regimental system. The important thing is to get the Army administration to adopt the idea in a distinct shape. Refers to Miss Nightingale's letter as 'interesting and enthusiastic'. He is 'more hard hearted'...'However in practice the only way to get real efficiency is to do in the main what the Lady desires...real progress is only to be got by a combination of the efforts of all parties'...'O look to something beyond bricks and mortar - Drains -Ventilation - and Doctors to diminish the black area. Sent from Simla.