DOROTHEA DIX (April 4, 1802 – July 17,
1887) was an American activist on behalf of the indigent insane. Through
vigorous lobbying of state legislatures and the United States Congress, Dix was
able to create the first generation of American mental asylums. During the
Civil War, she served as Superintendent of Army Nurses. [Research included]
Dix writes to the mother of her godchild, n.d., n.p., likely delivered to Kirby. Cover included.
“My dear Mrs. Kirby – many thanks for the flowers.” She goes on to describe the flowers and concludes, “Kind temperance to the family.” Signed D L Six.
In pencil and a bit challenging to decipher as we find with most of Dix’s letters. Still a fine piece of history from this remarkable woman.
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