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35 South Street, Park Lane W
May 1869
'Private'; discusses the question as to whether it is possible to follow out the profession of Nursing except from 'Higher motives'; what are 'higher motives'; Christian Orders assert one only serves one's fellow creatures by fasting, poverty etc.; F.N. considers it better to 'strain mind and soul and strength and body in finding out what are the laws of health, the laws of Political Economy, the best methods of Education,...'; in discussing fight between Church and civil as to the validity of marriage, F.N. considers 'the "higher motive" is: the intention of one man and one woman to belong to one another for all time - it signifies nothing, as far as the "higher motive" is concerned whether this intention is declared or not before a gentleman in a white tie, in ecclesiastical petticoats etW; the principles of the founders of orders and societies die with them, so one should not attempt to be a 'Founder'; in the perfect religious nurse or teacher there ought to be 1) the physical (or natural) motive; 2) the intellectual (or professional) motive; 3) the religious motive - all three; 11 call it the "higher motiv& to do the very best you can for your sick and the children under your care - to leave no means untried to know (and to be able to practice) how to do the very best you can. The "professional" who does this has the "highest motive"; ' the standards of nursing in Paris are higher than in London, and those of Kaiserswerth, in spite of its success, lower than those of an ordinary good London hospital.
27p B.M. Add.MSS.45802.f.12

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