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From: 
Jones, Gen. G.C.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Jones requests that Osler cancel the dinner he had arranged in his honour, as things are not "going well" for him [as a result of the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair].


From: 
Bruce, H.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Bruce writes of Osler's resignation as the consultant to the Canadian Army Hospitals, which was published in the British Medical Journal. Bruce requests that all the telegrams that passed between himself and Osler in reference to his confidential report be published in the same journal. He asks if Osler has any objection to this being done.


From: 
Bruce, H.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Bruce thanks Osler for giving permission to publish the correspondences between them over the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair. Bruce would like to disguise the names of Edith Campbell, Gorrell, the Astors and the Bostons before the letters go to press.


From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Bruce, H.A.
Abstract: 

Osler has sent copies of all his correspondence with Bruce, S. Hughes, Gen. G.C Jones, and Edith Campbell in order that they may be published. Osler believes that either a public or private apology should be offered to Campbell as a result of her unfair dismissal from Taplow.


From: 
Perley, George H.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Perley cannot advise Osler about publishing his correspondence with Bruce over the Canadian Army Medical Corps Affair, as he has not seen the letters himself.


From: 
Bruce, H.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Bruce writes of matters relating to the plan to publish all correspondence between himself and Osler over the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair. Bruce refuses to offer Edith Campbell an apology. He urges Osler to ask Gen. G.C. Jones to offer the apology instead, as it was he who was responsible for her removal from Taplow. Incl. ms. notes.


From: 
Campbell, Edith
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

As angry as she is about her removal from Taplow, Campbell would prefer not to have her name made public. She describes the events that lead up to her troubles and eventual dismissal. She would like to be made Matron of a General Hospital in France or Salonika to show the public that she is fit to be trusted. She thanks Osler and Lady Osler for all their help and support throughout the ordeal.


From: 
Macdonald, Margaret
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Macdonald extends her gratitude to Osler for helping Gen. G.C. Jones, who has now returned to his post as Director of Medical Services.


From: 
Campbell, Edith
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Campbell has just learned that it was not Gen. G.C. Jones that had her removed from Taplow and, furthermore, that Jones would like her to be reinstated to her old post. She believes that H.A. Bruce and Mrs. Astor were responsible for her unfair dismissal from Taplow. She thanks Osler and Lady Osler for all their help throughout the ordeal.


From: 
Macdonald, Margaret
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Macdonald regrets to inform Osler that there is no immediate prospect of Mrs. Millar being appointed to the Canadian Army Medical Corps. She writes of Miss Mabel Macdonell.


From: 
Bruce, H.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Bruce explains that he was commissioned by the Honourable Minister of Militia of Canada to make an inspection of all hospitals and institutions to which the Canadian Government is contributing. He hopes to carry out an impartial enquiry into the organization and administration of the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Bruce did not take Osler's letter as an improper threat, but would have did he not respect and admire Osler as he does.


From: 
Elder, J.M.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Elder writes of the Commission, which looked into H.A. Bruce's poor handling of the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair. Gen. G.C. Jones has returned to his post as Director of Medical Services.


From: 
Perley, George H.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Perley sends Osler a copy of the Report of the Board of Officers on the Canadian Army Medical Service.


From: 
Jones, Gen. G.C.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Jones will take up a new post as Inspector. Foster will take over for him as Director of Medical Services. Jones will go to Canada for two months.


From: 
Jones, Gen. G.C.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Jones requests that Osler retract his resignation as consultant to the Canadian Medical Hospitals now that the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair has been cleared up.


From: 
Jones, Gen. G.C.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Jones thanks Osler for all his help in clearing up the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair.


From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Adami, John George
Abstract: 

Osler writes that everyone is glad that Jones has returned to his post as Director of Medical Services after the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair. He understands that H.A. Bruce and S. Hughes are furious with him. He writes of Revere's movements with the Army.


From: 
Jones, Gen. G.C.
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Jones finds it difficult to provide information for Cushing's book on Osler.


From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Bruce, H.A.
Abstract: 

Osler writes that he only heard of the Canadian Army Medical Corps squabble after returning from Brodie's funeral. He did think it unfair that men who were under Gen. G.C. Jones would be appointed to report on the work of his department. He feels that it would disarm the suspicion of many in the medical profession if Bruce were to make the records pertaining to the Commission public.


From: 
Adami, John George
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Adami reproaches Osler for sending Bruce a confrontational letter regarding the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair. Osler's letter has reached the Minister of Militia, who is now raging mad. Adami worries that this crisis may lead to his own resignation. However, he believes that Bruce's Commission was a "wretched piece of work" and a discredit to the Canadian Expeditionary Force.


From: 
Macdonald, Margaret
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Macdonald informs Osler that Edith Campbell had not been asked to resign. However, she regrets that a change of staff was necessary as a result of the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair and that Campbell was removed.


From: 
Keogh, Alfred
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Keogh believes that the Minister of Militia's decision to have junior officers report on a senior officer, as was done with Gen. G.C. Jones, is contrary to law and custom in the British army.


From: 
Singer, Charles Joseph Mrs.
To: 
Unidentified
Abstract: 

Mrs. Singer writes of her annual donation of £100 to the Bodleian Library at Oxford to buy books on the History of Science, including Medicine. She offers some suggestions for necessary improvements to the facilities of the Library.


From: 
Nicholson, E.W.B
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Notes from books: "Inserted in Pietas Oxoniensis in Memory of Sir Thomas Bodley, Knt." Nicholson describes his antagonistic relationship with the Vice Chancellor of the Bodleian Library. He claims that his health worsened when the board of Curators did not allow him to attend their catalogue revision meeting. He sends Osler, who is traveling through Europe, a Staff Kalendar and information on the Radcliffe Library.


From: 
Jackson, T.W.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Notes from books: "Inserted in Pietas Oxoniensis in Memory of Sir Thomas Bodley, Knt." Jackson heard from an informant that E.W.B. Nicholson, the Bodleian Librarian, was roaming the streets, displaying abnormal behaviour, unfit to be unattended. Jackson asks for Osler's help in the matter.


From: 
W. Lucy & Co., Ltd.
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Enclosed is a copy of the Bodleian Library Booklet that Cushing had requested. [See CUS417/3.3]


From: 
Madan, Falconer
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Madan thanks Osler for his suggestion to print a Bodleian Quarterly Record. Madan outlines his plans to carry out such a project.


From: 
Heberden, C.B.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Heberden writes to Osler to discuss E.W.B. Nicholson's poor health and its effect on the Bodleian Library. As a result of his illness, Nicholson is not able to devote sufficient time to carry out his duties as Librarian. If he is not expected to recover, Heberden believes it would be best for Nicholson to retire. He asks for Osler's advice in the matter.


From: 
Heberden, C.B.
To: 
Nicholson, E.W.B.
Abstract: 

Heberden informs Nicholson that the Curators of the Bodleian Library have been considering the difficulties created by the state of Nicholson's health. They recognize Nicholson's devotion to the Library, but they feel that due to his prolonged absences, the Library is suffering. Furthermore, the Curators do not feel that Nicholson's health allows him to carry out completely the arduous duties of the Librarian. Additional notes by Osler describing the awkward moment when Nicholson walked into the meeting of the Curators as they were discussing his fate at the Library. Osler's opinion is that Nicholson is rapidly returning back to full work, but that his health could deteriorate at any time.


From: 
The Clarendon Press
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

The publisher writes of Osler's influence on the new edition of the "Religio Medici." He sends Cushing photographs.

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