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22 April [1869]

F.N. recalls the difficulties she encountered in her dealings with authority: 'Do you think that I should have succeeded in doing anything, if I had kicked and resisted and resented. Is this our Matron's command? Is it even common sense?' the spirit of opposition in which Miss Turriff is working would only increase the difficulties ' of that work to which she is devoted; F.N. wishes all could have seen the Liverpool Workhouse when Agnes Jones took over; it requires wisdom as well as self denial to establish a new work.
7p B.M. Add.MSS.47757.f.105
[Note on p.8 to Miss Osburn: 'I had written a long letter to Turriff - of which this is part. But what she has written to Nurses at St. Thomas's (as well as to me) show her to be so utterly devoid of that discretion which would enable one to write to her what is in the least confidential, without fear of its being told to exactly those from whom it should be kept that I have not sent her my letter. I send you this scrap of it. But don't read if it troubles you. It is not worth itA
1. Haldane Turriff (b. 1834) was one of the nurses to accompany Lucy Osburn to Sydney where she created a great deal of trouble for the Superintendent by her intrigues. In 1873 she resigned from the Sydney Infirmary to take up the post of Matron at the Alfred Hospital, Melbourne, where she waged war impartially on nurses, patients and doctors. (See Freda MacDonnell, Miss Nightingale's Young Ladies, Sydney, Angus and Robertson, 1970).

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