4_125 23/10/55

Castle Hospital, Balaclava
23 Oct. 1855
Enclosing a letter from Madame Piccozzi, one of her old patients at Harley Street; she asks if anything could be done for Madame Piccozzi's nephew; gives an account of the death of a Roman Catholic lay sister from choleral; she thinks the facts ought to be communicated to Manning; trouble with the nuns and with the Rev. Brickbat2; suggestions from quack doctors in England regarding the treatment of disease in the Crimea; Captain Keane does nothing but shoot woodcocks for the sick officers; he is the most agreeable gentleman and the worst man of business she has ever had to do with; General Simpson and Dr. Hall are against her; she is very glad to be quit of the nuns at Balaclava; Mother Brickbat's conduct has been neither that of a Christian, a gentlewoman nor even of a woman.
1. Sister Winifred who went out on 1 December 1854, died on 20 October 1855. (List of Sisters, Wellcome Institute) 2. F.N.'s nickname for Mrs. Bridgeman, Superior of the Kinsale nuns. Manning acknowledged receiving F.N.'s letter on her difficulties and consulted Mary Stanley about the position. (Shane Leslie, Henry Edward Manning, His life and labours, London, Burns and Oates, 1921; chap.9 deals with the subject of the Catholic nuns in the Crimea).

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