Charlotte Bronte’s Nurse

I was doing a search on the Workhouse on Blackwell’s Island, the section I’m working on now, when I came across this January 30, 1885 article about Charlotte Bronte’s nurse who was now an inmate of a Workhouse. There were a bunch of articles here and abroad about collecting money to get her out …

Charlotte Bronte

But they didn’t succeed. She died there the next year. This inspired an effort to raise money to give her a decent burial (the one below is from April 18, 1886). Sadly, I didn’t find any about the outcome. If they’d succeeded I think there would have been lots of article about the nice funeral they’d given her.

Charlotte Bronte

Stacy Horn

I've written six non-fiction books, the most recent is Damnation Island: Poor, Sick, Mad, and Criminal in 19th-Century New York.

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