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		Castlia, June 11th, 1861
Mrs.Hopkins:
	Dear Madam,
		Seeing in the Dispatch
of yesterday that persons wishing
information on the subject of nurses 
for the soldiers, should apply to you.  
I beg leave to trouble you with a
few inquiries which I hope you
will answer.—
	I had, I may say, received
my commission from the Surgeon
General.—when suddenly obstacles
were placed in my way by the
objections of friends, whose opinions
I ought to regard.--  I will tell
you some of them.  They say, I am
entirely too young—I don't feel
very young,--but will settle the matter
by asking if 24 years and four months
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is too young for a nurse?  I know,
my dear Madam, I will necessarily be
exposed to many things that will be
disagreeable and painful, yet I feel
that this is no common occasion,
and that if I can be of any service—
without being exposed to all those most
disagreeable sights connected with a sick
room, I must go.—
Will you not tell me exactly what is
expected of a nurse? And if they are
all, irrespective of age, expected to perform
the same duties.—
	I have very little experience as nurse,
but I hope I could learn, for my
heart is willing—I think that 
would influence my hands.
	I cannot bear to think of those
of our brave soldiers,-- who have raised
up their arms in defense of their
homes & friends,-- languishing on beds
of pain, with no friendly hand nigh
to give aid & comfort.—
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	I am gong to ask you some very
plain questions,-- but I hope you will
understand me, -- for my friends have
said that such things will be expected
of me.  If a soldier should have his
leg amputated—or be wounded in
his stomach would it be expected
of a young lady to dress those wounds?
	Perhaps you may think it strange
for a young person to desire such a work,--
but I try to go forth in the missionary
spirit,--feeling that many whilst lying
wounded & sick, may be led from
darkness into light—The marvellous
Light of the gospel.—
	Will you not, if practicable, give me
an immediate reply?-- & write to me
candidly?, as all my future movements
will depend upon your answer,
	I remain,
		Yours very respectfully—
		 Miss L. D. Lewis
Mrs. Hopkins.—

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My address is—
	Miss L. D. Lewis
	Castalia Depot
	Albemarle Co.
		Va.

Source:


"Letter from Miss L.D. Lewis to Mrs. Hopkins, 11 June 1861," Alabama Hospitals in Richmond, Administrative files, SG13406, folder 1, Alabama Department of Archives and History, Montgomery, Alabama.


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