12th February



Board of Management Minutes: Jan 1902 – Dec 1907 NHNN/A/4/6

The following letter was read from Mrs Pearman.

“Dear Sir,

I am very disappointed to receive your letter for I quite hoped that the Board of Management would have decided the matter of my mother’s pension without further delay.

I have waited to reply to your letter until I had taken “Counsel’s opinion” and I beg to send you a copy for your perusal. I shall be glad if you will submit it to your Board.

I remain, dear Sir, yours faithfully,

Rosa Pearman, Vice President of the Ladies’ Committee.”

Extracts from opinion Feb 11th 1903

  1. That Mrs Barton’s offer meant and would be construed by the Court as meaning that the Ladies’ Committee are to elect the persons to receive the R.C. Barton pension as and when vacancies occur.

  2. That even if the pensioners are to be elected by some other body than the Ladies’ Committee from candidates selected by the Ladies’ Committee, the Ladies’ Committee are not bound to select more than one candidate on each occasion when a vacancy occurs.

  3. That whatever the meaning of Mrs Barton’s offer may be, the pension was founded by her upon the terms contained in her offer, as varied or explained by the resolution of the Board of Management, and that such terms include the provision that the pensioner shall be elected by the Ladies’ Committee.

  4. That the Board of Management have no power (as suggested by them) to confer on Mrs Pearman or any other person or body any right of electing a pensioner.

After considering this letter, it was resolved to adhere to the advice of the Honorary Solicitor, contained in his letter of Dec 2nd 1902, and to reserve to the Board and its successors all the rights which he advises are reserved to them by the terms of the gift. Inasmuch, however as the present Board, having regard to Mrs Pearman’s relationship to the Founding of the Pension, have already expressed to her their intention of selecting from the candidates nominated by the Ladies’ Committee whichever of them Mrs Pearman desires should be elected, and the only question remaining is as to the nomination of sufficient candidates to enable the Board to make an independent choice, the Board think it inadvisable on the present occasion to press the Ladies Samaritan Society on what is therefore a matter of form and they elect MRs Hill to the Richard Carroll Barton pension and she is hereby elected subject to her being qualified under the rules.


Lady Superintendent reports NHNN/N/1

E. C.Vernet – reports from 14 October 1902 to 24 October 1905

‘The general health of the Nursing Staff has not been very satisfactory for some time past, with regard to unwillingness to take food; this I cannot help thinking is partly attributable to the darkness and closeness of the Refectory where most of their meals are taken. The closeness is in great measure due to the necessity of doing all the washing-up of their crockery etc. in the same room there being no available pantry with sink for the use of the Nurses Maid. This maid also suffers considerably from the same conditions, and is at present at the Convalescent Home, having broken down in health here.

‘I would also venture to draw attention to the difficulty in airing and drying Drawsheets. They are sent damp to the wards; and what might have been a serious fire was only prevented by the promptitude of a nurse who found a Drawsheet burning in the surgical ward last week, having been put to air too close to the fire.’


Secretary’s Letter Book: NHNN/A/31


Matron has put my case before you I think, and I understand the committee are not willing to compensate me for the amount of staff nurse work done on the wards here. I have done nothing intentionally wrong, and I came on the understanding that I should take a course of massage and a small salary. Then to be told at the end of 3 months that I was incompetent I feel unfair, especially after my doing 3 months of ward work here. Also I did 6 months of massage in my training school and if the nurses had not been competent, Matron would have kept me on that work.

Also I have been put to a great expenditure: books, gymnasium dress, etc. – it all takes money, and as I have only been earning very little for some time, I think it would have been much kinder to told me before I bought all these things, and not only that, but I feel a sort of stigma attached to this affair and have therefore decided to have it thoroughly inquired into. I am putting it in the hands of your solicitors so that it can be taken to court if necessary. I thought it only fair to tell you.

I am yours truly,

Geraldine Sutton.


Secretary’s Letter Book: NHNN/A/31

Dear Mr Hamilton,

I return Nurse Sutton’s letter. You had better take no notice for the present. If and when you hear from her solicitor, we can deal with it.

Yours very truly,

Frederick Macmillan

On This Day is a diary of day to day life in the Hospital covering 1859 to the 1940’s.

Extracts are taken from the staff records, letters, the reports of the Matron and the Lady Superintendent, and the minutes of the Board of Management and the Medical Committee. They were compiled with the help of Janet Townsend, Frankie Alves, Louise Shepherd, Michael Clark and Liz Yamada

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