PP/GC/CA/309 Letter from Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, to Lord Stratford de Redcliffe, introducing the three sanitary commissioners going to Balaclava to improve conditions, and requesting assistance with providing for their wants there, 22 July 1855
Letter from Henry John Temple, third Viscount Palmerston, to Stratford Canning, first Viscount Stratford de Redcliffe, [British ambassador extraordinary and minister plenipotentiary at Constantinople]:<P> [Transcript]<P> "This will be given you by Dr Sutherland, head of the Sanitary Commission consisting of himself, Dr Gavin and Mr Rawlinson, whom we are sending out to put into a healthy state the hospitals, the port of Balaclava and the camp. We attach the greatest possible importance to their mission. The medical officers of the army [f.1v] are too much occupied with their immediate and pressing duties to be able to give much attention to those general arrangements on the establishment or neglect of which depends very often the difference between pestilence and recovery of health. Besides which, the general run of military medical officers have not much studied the principles and practice of sanitary [f.2r] arrangements.<P> These three gentlemen have for many years devoted their time and thought to these matters and are eminently skilful in regard to them. I therefore recommend them to your especial good offices and request you to give them every assistance and support you possibly can in the performance of the important duties which have been confided to them.<P> They may want many things in which the co-operation of the Turkish authorities may be necessary, such as workmen, [f.2v] *materids * materials, et cetera, and as time is most important in relation to such arrangements, and many lives may be saved or lost according *ly * as arrangements may be made sooner or later, I hope you will expedite for them whatever matters may require an application on their part to you."<P> 22 Jul 1855
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John Sutherland, MD, Medical Inspector, General Board of Health
Dr Gavin of the General Board of Health
Mr Rawlinson of the General Board of Health
War with Russia; Crimean war: sanitary conditions, health
The Crimea; Sebastopol, alias Sevastopol, Russia, later Ukraine
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