with hearty good wishes - not the
less hearty for being tardy
to Alice Hepworth -
for all the future
I was very sorry that you left Lea
- but knew not what to say,
as you appeared to have quite
made up your mind to leave.
but my best wishes are
with you, whatever you undertake
of good. And I should like
to hear what you are doing.
I am overworked & ill &
unable to write more than this
You did good work at Lea
And I was surprised you
wished to leave it.
God bless you always,
ever faithfully yours
F. Nightingale
Jan 1887