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Letters sent to Birkett, Herbert Stanley


Date: 
July 16, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

Osler congratulates Birkett on his appointment as Dean. Invitation to visit them if he comes to England this year. Suggests having a portrait of Shepherd painted for the Faculty. Proposes taking the matter on hand. Proposes to have one painted by Guthrie of Edinburgh.


Date: 
August 10, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

Osler writes to Birkett that he will not come out because of the war. Comments about the Charlton matter (Margaret E. Charlton). He talked with Casey Wood about the library and the latter will develop the ophthalmic side. Repeats that he hopes his collection will go to the College. Explains that his brother Edmund Boyd Osler has given him in the past two years about 1000 pounds for the purpose of purchasing books. Asks him to let him know who is the new Acting Librarian. Glad that his appointment as a Dean is unanimously approved. Suggests to have Shepherd's portrait painted by Guthrie of Edinburgh.


Date: 
August 10, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

(Copy of CUS417/118.15) Osler writes to Birkett that he will not come out because of the war. Comments about the Charlton matter (Margaret E. Charlton). He talked with Casey Wood about the library and the latter will develop the ophthalmic side. Repeats that he hopes his collection will go to the College. Explains that his brother Edmund Boyd Osler has given him in the past two years about 1000 pounds for the purpose of purchasing books. Asks him to let him know who is the new Acting Librarian. Glad that his appointment as a Dean is unanimously approved. Suggests having Shepherd's portrait painted by Guthrie of Edinburgh.


Date: 
December 2, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

Osler was glad to have Birkett's cable. He wrote to Perley to find out if it had been officially presented through the Canadian Government Agency to the War Office. It is a splendid offer, which they should be glad to accept. Mentions possible difficulties in settling the locality, as the outcome in North West France and Belgium is still uncertain. Will cable him if there is anything definite.


Date: 
December 5, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

Osler informs Birkett that the Director-General says that McGill help will be required later, if they would come over now it they would only be disappointed. He is delighted by the offer and asks them to stay ready.


Date: 
December 6, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

Perley says that the McGill offer had not yet been received at Head Quarters. Osler supposes that it has not been sent from Ottawa to the War Office through him. It should be done. Will do all he can with Keogh. Complains about the red tape about these matters.


Date: 
December 6, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

Osler had cabled Birkett the views of Keogh. The latter had not heard of the offer. Details on the position of the English Hospitals. The tenure of the coast is so uncertain that the War Office cannot undertake any new hospitals in the region of Boulogne. If they came over now they would only be disappointed. Mentions that the Canadian nurses have been in London for a few weeks, with no affectation. They are only now getting drafted into work. The French are sadly in need. He has written to Chauffard asking if the French Government could utilise a hospital unit raised in Canada of men speaking French. It will take some time before the Canadian contingent will be fit to leave. Keogh insists that half trained men only embarrass the Generals. Optimistic word on the spirit of the country. They are very busy. He sees a great deal of interest. Keogh was touched by the McGill offer and also surprised.


Date: 
January 4, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

Osler is delighted that the McGill Unit has been accepted. If he gets into a typhoid district, he will come as a Super-Colonel and Campbell's Assistant. Thanks him for offering to take Revere as his orderly. Asks him to let him know if it would be worth while speaking to Keogh. Mentions that there has been great slackness during the past month. They have not been pressed in Oxford not at the American Hospital. It has been hard for the soldiers at the Salisbury Camp because or the rain and the mud. Finley and Ellis has been there. They have brought cerebro-spinal meningitis of which there have been about 30 cases. Civilities.


Date: 
January 13, 1915
From: 
Osler, Edward Revere
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

(Cable). Revere is delighted (by his offer to join the McGill Unit). Asks Birkett what training advisable. In meantime, he will remain in the Officers Training Corps in Oxford until they come.


Date: 
January 16, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

(Cable). Osler is waiting for a letter with instructions.


Date: 
January 27, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Birkett for what he is doing for Revere. Irves thinks that Revere can go to the new Cliveden Hospital to be trained in routine work in the Quartermasters Department. Glad that they are so well organized. Afraid that it could be difficult at first to get started, offers his help to intercede with Keogh. Mentions that he saw Findley at Salisbury, where they have many cases of cerebro-spinal fever. Civilities.


Date: 
February 16, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

Osler informs Birkett of Mills' death. Asks him to tell W.W. Francis that he will send an obituary notice for the Journal. He will send a short account to the Lancet and to the British Medical Journal. Hopes that Revere will be assigned for preliminary work to the Canadian Hospital at Cliveden. Civilities.


Date: 
March 10, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

Osler writes to Birkett that it will be a hard job to double his unit. Informs him that Revere got his commission and is at Cliveden Hospital. The Quartermaster is taking great interest in him. Osler does not think it would be possible for Revere to learn the business sufficiently to take the second quartermastership. Hopes he will make a good assistant. Keogh is very interested in the unit, and his impression is that the latter will do everything to place them well. Civilities.


Date: 
March 12, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

Osler sends Birkett the letter from Keogh (CUS417/119.75). Mentions that he has been looking after the cerebro-spinal fever epidemic.


Date: 
April 8, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

Keogh told Osler he could not say at present where (the McGill Unit) will go at first. Details about it. The present position is very awkward. The hospitals are not half full but there must be constant preparation for an enormous increase. The men will simply have to exercise patience, as the delays are unavoidable. Mentions that Keogh appreciates all that has been done at the McGill Unit, and feels sure that it will be one of the strong units in the Army. Keogh asked Osler to tell Birkett to regard all this as private. News of Revere.


Date: 
September 6, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

(Letter accompanying the silver cigarette box which he presented to No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in France. Sends by W.W. Francis (the box) for the mess as a souvenir of his visit last year. Jokes.


Date: 
September 1, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

Osler announces Revere's death. Repeats that he knew that it was to be their Fate. Thanks him for his kind care of Revere. Mentions Revere's loathing of the war. Invitation to visit them when in England.


Date: 
July 29, 1919
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

Osler states that McGill cannot afford to fall behind other first class schools in the development of modern clinics in Medicine, Surgery, and Obstetrics and Gynaecology. Promotes the active cooperation of University and Hospitals. Picture of the medical position of Montreal. But a new departure is needed which will involve changes in the way of operating. It is the reorganization of the clinics. Details about it.


Date: 
August 29, 1919
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

Circular letter regarding the urgency of getting new modern clinics at McGill.