Selections from Bartlett's
writings on her nursing work in Newfoundland
[The trip to Newfoundland]
...seemed a most terrible undertaking to my family and friends and it
was with some little wonder myself as to what was before me that I said
good-by and left New York (on May 13, 1908) on the Red Cross Line steamer,
There are many hospitals on that desolate coast
not palaces for pain such as one sees in these great cities but
humble wood buildings where a qualified doctor and trained nurse reside.
Needless to say the patients come often from very long distances in
their boats in Summer or in dog-sleighs in Winter.
For the first three years it was largely a question of feeding the hungry
and clothing the naked. Within the more than thirty years he [Doctor
Wilfred Grenfell] has worked there he has effected a revolution so complete
that it seems like a Miracle. He has build [sic] hospitals, orphanages
and saw mills, and workshops
and has launches attached to the land
hospitals for the conveyance of patients to and fro, since there are
no roads. V.B.