Letter from Samuel Clark to his sister, February 1856.
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Letter from soldier Samuel Clark, who was under English nurse and hospital reformer Florence Nightingale's (1820-1910) care at the Castle Hospital in Balaclava during the Crimean war (1854-1856). Clark died in May after being ill with fever for seven weeks. This letter also bears the words of Clark's mother, Sarah Dye, who has written describing her feelings on the los of her son. Nightingale devoted her life to the sick and suffering. She volunteered for duty in the Crimean War and whilst at the hospital barracks at Scutari, drastically reduced the mortality rate by imposing a strict discipline and high standards of sanitation. In 1859, she wrote 'Notes on Nursing', and in 1861 she founded St Thomas' School of Nursing in London.