Memorandum of Agreement describing the terms if employment as a nurse between Mary Ann Fabian and Florence Nightingale.


Memorandum of Agreement

made this fifth day of April 1855.

Between Miss Nightingale on the one part and Mary Ann Fabian of 18 Weymouth Street of the other part.

WHEREAS the said Miss Nightingale, Superintendent, has undertaken to provide Female Nurses for the Sick and Wounded of the British Army serving in Turkey, AND in carrying out this object, she has agreed to employ the said Mary Ann Fabian in the capacity of Nurse, at a Weekly Salary varying from eighteen shillings to [blank] according to merit, and also to provide Board and Lodging, also to pay all expenses attendant upon the journeying to or from the present or any future Hospital that may be appointed for the accomodation of the Sick and Wounded of the said Army. AND to pay all expenses of return to this Country, should sickness render it necessary for the said Mary Ann Fabian to return, SAVE and except such return shall be rendered necessary by the discharge of said Mary Ann Fabian for neglect of duty, immoral conduct, or intoxication, in which case the said Mary Ann Fabian shall forfeit all claim upon Miss Nightingale, from the period of such discharge.
AND the said Mary Ann Fabian hereby agrees to devote her whole time and attention to the purpose aforesaid, under the directions and to the satisfaction of the said Superintendent, the whole of whose orders she undertakes to obey, until discharged by the said Superintendent.

[signature] R.F. Scott
5 April 1855

[signature] M A Fabian

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