"it was only after a long struggle and with the utmost difficulty that they got thirty thousand pounds together"
A painting by Rowland Lockey (1598) of Lady Margaret Beaufort (mother of Henry Vll) who gave financial support to Cambridge Unversity - for the education of men only!
Public DomainA painting by Rowland Lockey (1598) of Lady Margaret Beaufort (mother of Henry Vll) who gave financial support to Cambridge Unversity - for the education of men only! - Credit: Rowland Lockey

The footnote to  this comment  refers to the fact that the difficulty of raising £30,000 is discussed in the biography of Emily Davies*, written by  Lady Barbara Stephen, a Girton historian who was the cousin of Florence Nightingale.

*Barbara Stephen,  Emily Davies and Girton College, London: Constable (1927).