W. E. NIGHTINGALE
4 Oct. 1867
Dr. Anstey's' [sic] scheme for reorganising administration of workhouse infirmaries; her own friends were making similar but better proposals long before Dr. Anstey and Mr. Ernest Hart; the whole of the vast hospitals of Paris managed by M. Husson without a board at all; 'Hardy is one of those charlatans whom all leading articles consent to praise'; Dr. Sutherland and the Government of Malta; her two Royal Commissions were not considered concluded until all their recommendations were carried; she commends the methods of the early monasticism, the Benedictines and St. Bernard in teaching paupers to support themselves; it is only very lately anyone has thought of teaching paupers' children to work; the Pulpit gives no lead; M. Mohl says we're far behind Boudha (sic) and Confucius in real Christianity; Jowett says also behind M. Antoninus, Plato, Xenophon and Socrates.
8P B.M. Add.MSS.45790.352
1. Francis Anstie (1833-1874) M.D., was one of the Lancet Commissioners enquiring into the administration of the Poor Law in the London workhouses and workhouse infirmaries (see Appendix IX). In 1874 Anstie moved that the Royal College of Physicians should petition to provide a remedy for overcrowding of the poor in London, which resulted in the Act for facilitating the improvement of the dwellings of the working classes in large towns.
2. See Cook 11, 137 for F.N.'s reaction to Gathorne Hardy's Metropolitan Poor Act, 1867.
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