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Florence Nightingale’s Theology: Essays, Letters and Journal Notes

Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 3

Edited by Lynn McDonald
Series Collected Works of Florence Nightingale Hide Details
Hardcover : 9780889203716, 704 pages, June 2002
Ebook (PDF) : 9780889207059, 704 pages, January 2006

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Florence Nightingale’s Theology: Essays, Letters and Journal Notes: Collected Works of Florence Nightingale, Volume 3, edited by Lynn McDonald
Dramatis Personae
List of Illustrations
A Précis of the Collected Works
Introduction to Volume 3
Key to Editing
Fraser’s Magazine Articles
“A ‘Note’ of Interrogation”
“A Sub ‘Note of Interrogation.’ I What Will Be Our Religion in 1999?”
Reaction to the Fraser’s Magazine Essays
A Note on Liberty
Nightingale’s Unpublished Essays
“What Is Theology?”
“The Character of God”
“Evidence of a Perfect God”
“Christian Fellowship/God’s Fellowship”
“The Family”
“The New Moral World”
“Private Judgment”
“Truth and Feeling”
Journal Notes and Letters
The Nature of God and Christ
The Afterlife, Heaven and Hell
Three Visions
The Place of Mysticism
Correspondence and Notes on Roman Catholicism
Letters to, from and about Henry Manning
Letters to Rev Mother Mary Clare Moore
Religious Orders
The Convent of Port Royal
Letters and Notes on “Going Over to Rome”
Correspondence and Notes on Protestantism
Protestant Denominations and Divisions
Her Evangelical “Aunt,” Hannah Nicholson
Heresy Charges against F.D. Maurice
With Her Father, W.E. Nightingale, on Religion
With Her Evangelical Brother-in-Law, Sir Harry Verney
On Protestant Sisterhoods
On Michael Faraday and the Sandemanian Sect
On the Church in Ireland
To Home Missionary Catherine Marsh
Miscellaneous Letters and Notes: Clergy and Missionaries
On the Selection of Vicars at Claydon
Exchanges with Jowett on Religion
Nightingale’s Proposals for The School and Children’s Bible edited by Gérard Vallée
Notes and Excerpts from/for Benjamin Jowett
The Controversy over Essays and Reviews
Excerpts from Devotional Reading
Robert Falconer
Tale of the Refugee Nuns
Notes from the Marquise de Lafayette
Appendix A: Biographical Sketches
Benjamin Jowett (1817–93)
Henry Edward (Cardinal) Manning (1808–92)
(Rev Mother) Mary Clare Moore (1814–74)
Mary Jones (1812–87)
Names and Subjects
Biblical References


This third volume in the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale reports her controversial theological essays (only two of which have been previously published) and a great array of correspondence, from such Roman Catholics as Cardinal Manning and the Reverend Mother of the Sisters of Mercy of Bermondsey to the liberal Protestant Benjamin Jowett, evangelicals and missionaries. Nightingale’s recommendations for a revision of the Bible for schoolchildren and excerpts from her devotional reading are given.
Currently, Volumes 1 to 11 are available in e-book version by subscription or from university and college libraries through the following vendors: Canadian Electronic Library, Ebrary, MyiLibrary, and Netlibrary.
The Series
In the Collected Works of Florence Nightingale all the surviving writing of Florence Nightingale will be published, much of it for the first time. Known as the heroine of the Crimean War and the major founder of the modern profession of nursing, Florence Nightingale (1820-1910) will be revealed also as a scholar, theorist and social reformer of enormous scope and importance.
Original material has been obtained from over 150 archives and private collections worldwide. This abundance of material will be reflected in the series, revealing a significant amount of new material on her philosophy, theology and personal spiritual journey, as well as on her vision of a public health care system, her activism to achieve the difficult early steps of nursing for the sick poor in workhouse infirmaries and her views on health promotion and women’s control over midwifery. Nightingale’s more than forty years of work for public health in India, particularly in famine prevention and for broader social reform, will be reported in detail.
The Collected Works of Florence Nightingale demonstrates Nightingale’s astute use of the political process and reports on her extensive correspondence with royalty, viceroys, cabinet ministers and international leaders, including such notables as Queen Victoria and W.E. Gladstone. Much new material on Nightingale’s family is reported, including some that will challenge her standard portrayal in the secondary literature.
Sixteen printed volumes are scheduled and will record her enormous and largely unpublished correspondence, previously published books, articles and pamphlets, many of which have long been out of print.
There will be full publication in electronic form, permitting readers to easily pursue their particular interests. Extensive databases, notably a chronology and a names index, will also be published in electronic form, again permitting convenient access to persons interested not only in Nightingale but in other figures of the time.


[I]t is clear that this is an academic project of the highest importance and integrity. It will have an impact on the work of scholars far beyond the immediate field of health history. Nightingale's interests were wide-ranging and her correspondence included some of the leading thinkers of her day....The editing of these volumes is exemplary. Every reference has been followed up, including the identification of minor dramatis personae. Important personalities are accorded short biographies. On every page there are biblical allusions, which are faithfully identified. Each thematic section has an introductory essay and these are amplified by a full outline of Nightingale's life and thought in volume 1. This project makes a major contribution to scholarship which will be of permanent value.

- Helen Mathers, University of Sheffield, Ecclesiastical History

The details and explications of her views...are presented in carefully annotated and insightful editorial discussions....[These volumes] provide a more complete understanding of this complex woman, extending our appreciation of her much beyond the `The Lady with the Lamp' legend.... The product of rigorous scholarship, of meticulous historical research--and a labour of love.

- Canadian Bulletin of Medical History, Volume 21/1, 2004, 2005 October

The Collected Works will allow us to see for the first time the full complexity of this extraordinary and multifacted woman. It will be a tool of enormous value not only to Nightgale scholars and biographers, but also to historians of a wide variety of aspects of Victorian society: war, the army, public health nursing, religion, India, women's issues and so on.

- Mark Bostridge, Times Literary Supplement, January 10, 2003, 2003 October

The Nightingale project ranks with both the Gladstone diaries and the Disraeli letters as a major undertaking in the field of Victorian-era scholarship, and therefore is of surpassing value to historians of the period, as well as to general readers.

- C. Brad Faught, Tyndale University College, Toronto, Anglican and Episcopal History, Vol. 81 (1), March 2012, 2012 April