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    Three Autograph Items Signed by British Nurse and Humanitarian Edith Cavell. Mainly 5" x 8".Offered here are three items: Autograph Document Signed, being a bill for nurse's services, dated May 19, 1911; Autograph Letter Signed, being a letter of recommendation for another nurse, dated October 10, 1913; and an Autograph Letter Signed, being a letter written in French complaining that she has not been paid for her services, dated October 2, 1914. Once considered to be one of the rarest of all autographs (see Thomas Madigan's World Shadows of the Great), Cavell's letters remain quite rare and desirable. All three items are in fine condition.

    When World War I broke out, Cavell became the first director of a new nursing school in Brussels, Belgium - L'École d'Infirmière Dimplonier. Strong religious beliefs prompted Cavell to give aid and assistance all who needed it, regardless of religion, ethnicity, or nationality, and she is known to have helped hundreds of Allied soldiers escape from occupied Belgium to neutral Netherlands, in violation of military law. Cavell was arrested by the Germans on August 3, 1915, and charged with harboring Allied soldiers. She was jailed for 10 weeks, court-martialled, and executed by firing squad on October 12, 1915. Following this, Cavell became a martyr and entered British history as a heroine.


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    October, 2008
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