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Lot 29NIGHTINGALE, FLORENCE
Autograph letter signed to Mrs. Livingstone Bruce.
[Derby, from postmark on envelope]: October 23rd, 1880. Three-page letter on a folded sheet of mourning stationery, 42 lines plus salutation and felicitation, written in black ink, the original mailing envelope present. 8 1/8 x 5 1/8 inches (20.5 x 13 cm). Usual folds, spot to the leaf with signature (not to the signature itself) from offset from tape where the envelope was once adhered to the letter, several small marginal tears, one with small loss to the black border.
A fine letter from Florence Nightingale to the daughter of David Livingstone, the missionary and explorer. Written on the occasion of the preparation for imminent publication of William Garden Blaikie's biography of Livingstone, it gives permission for a letter of hers to be published, presumably that in which she said of Livingstone "We cannot console ourselves for our loss. He is irreplaceable" (p. 458 of Blaikie) and called him "the greatest man of his generation." She speaks of him here as "one who has opened the way of peace (& not of terror) to those who were 'lying in darkness & the shadow of death.'" An extraordinary letter linking two of the most eminent Victorians.


C The Library of Duncan Cranford

Sold for $1,375
Estimate $500-800


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