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Anandibai Joshee to Alfred Jones

A letter from Anandibai Joshee to Alfred Jones dated June 28, 1883 requesting admission in the Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania.

Trailblazers, Early Women Students

Date: June 28, 1883
Type: Correspondence
Language: English
Creator: Anandibai Joshee
Location: Roselle, NJ

Roselle N.J.
June 28th, 1883

Alfred Jones Esq,
Philadelphia, Pa

Dear Sir,

I beg to ask, if upon any terms pecuniarily consistent with my means, I may be allowed to enter the Women's Medical College of Pa. for a thorough course of study. I have with me seventy dollars, and my husband expects to send me twenty dollars per month less the cost of sending.

I was eighteen years of age last March.

I have been once through English Grammar, have studied through Arithmetic in my own language, & as far as Division in English, and I am now pushing forward in this as fast as I can. I have read the histories of England, Rome, Greece, and India.

I have learned to read and speak in Seven languages, inc. Marathi (my own), Sanskrit, Bengali, Gujarathi, ???, Hindoostani, and English.

Though I may not meet in all points, the requirements for entering College, I trust that as my case is exception and peculiar your people will be merciful & obliging. My health is good, and this, with that determination which has brought me to your country against the combined opposition of my friends & caste ought to go along way towards helping me to carry out the purpose for which I came i.e. is to render to my poor suffering country women the true medical aid they so sadly stand in need of, and which they would rather die for than accept at the hands of a male physician. The voice of humanity is with me and I must not fail. My soul is moved to help the many who cannot help themselves and I feel sure that he God who has me in his care will influence they many that can and should share in this good work to lend me such aid and assistance as I may need. I ask nothing for myself, individually, but all that is necessary to fit me for my work. I humbly crave at the door of your College, or any other that shall give me admittance.

For the kind encouragement already received, and the hopes held out, I feelingly subscribe myself,

Yours gratefully,
Anandibai Joshee

Holding Institution: Legacy Center Archives, Drexel University College of Medicine
Collection: Woman's Medical College of Pennsylvania Collection
Item History: 2012-07-11 (created); 2024-05-28 (modified)

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