Linda Richards was the first woman nurse trained in the United States at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston. When these letters were written, she was a missionary nurse and the head of the first training school for nurses in Japan. An e-mail from Donna Bellemare, 7/17/06, refers to her as Melinda Ann (Linda) Richards.
6 holograph letters from Japan by Linda Richards (total 29 pages, plus typescript transcriptions, total 9 pagges) : 8/21/1886 to Mrs. Emeline Q. Masta, 3/18/1888 to Mrs. Ida C. (Masta) Davis, 1/1/1889 to Mrs. Emeline Q. Masta, 1/10/1889 to Mrs. Ida C. (Masta) Davis, 10/10/1889 to Mrs. Eveline Q. Masta, and 1/9/1890 to Mrs. Ida C. (Masta) Davis. Subjects include primarily personal information and missionary work, not nursing or nursing education.
Linda Richards Correspondence, 1886-1890, Archives Center, National Museum of American History