April 21, 1863
Dear Miss Nightingale
I congratulate you sincerely as I have been able to do himself on de Grey's
appointment which from today's Times would appear to be decided upon. I have
little doubt but that the influence you brought to bear in his favor has had
not a little to do with his nomination. I have as you know misgivings as to
his possessing all the qualifications for
the post (prospectively at least) but I hope that he will fulfill all your
expectations, and I heartily rejoice that at all events he has the opportunity
of showing himself to be the right man.
My father is much pleased as he has
great confidence in your sanitary improvements at all events being carried
through more satisfactorily than under any other combination and we are
all glad to think that this will contribute to your peace of mind and body.
My father is I find to see your Sutherland at your house tomorrow forenoon;
but will not let you lunch him: Indeed he has promised to meet me elsewhere.
I shall be in town tomorrow and the greater part of Thursday should you have
anything for me to do.
I shall be sleeping at P N.P. Gardens.
John F. Clark