Mary undertakes early social work….conditions of poor described
I arrived in London on a bitterly cold February afternoon, was met at Euston by my friend and taken to the Mission House in which the Sisterhood lived and worked. …..Anything more different than the life I had hitherto lived and the life upon which I now entered could scarcely be imagined. I had had no sisters and we were a very/
small family, and now I became one of a community of women, all but one complete strangers to me. There was no privacy, not even a bedroom to myself, only a cubicle. My idea of hell has always been a place of noise and cold, and this first winter in London certainly fulfilled these conditions and nothing but a sort of dogged desire not to give in enabled to go through with the work which I was given to do.