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Letters sent to Brewster, Mabel


Date: 
March 1, 1907
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler is sorry that Mabel Brewster is not well. He complains about the workmen in the house. He mentions his trip to Edinburgh (Royal Medical College). He enjoyed the contact with the students, the city, but is glad to have refused the chair of Medicine eight years ago. He is coming back from Bath. He liked the old furniture shops there. Invitation to come for a house furnishing expedition. Will sail April 20th. Will see her in New York. Wishes to return with Uncle Ned on the 11th of May. Civilities.


Date: 
April 2, 1907
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler announces the death of his mother. He gives details on the circumstances of her death. He will sail on the 20th on the Luciana and would like to see her. It will be a hurried visit of two weeks in America, he has to be back for University matters connected with the medical school. Their house is still unsettled. Grace is in despair. Hopes that Mabel is better. Civilities. N.B. Hopes that Uncle Ned (E.S. Martin) is returning with him. He will take the Elvira on May 11th to be on time to their annual meeting on the 18th.


Date: 
April 12, 1907
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler is distressed to hear of Brewster's illness. He will see her soon. He is sailing on the Luciana on the 20th. Revere has a tutor during his vacation to improve his Latin. He enjoys cricket. They have had lots of visitors and are beginning to get settled. Invitation to come back with him and Uncle Ned. Mentions that he would like Rockefeller or Carnegie to buy Lord Amherst's library for some American University. Word on his work at the Bodleian. News from Lois Swan. Osler thanks Brewster for her sympathy regarding his mother's death.


Date: 
July 19, 1907
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler asks Brewster of her news. He sends a paper with an account of the Encaenia and the reception to Mark Twain and Kipling. Kipling and his wife stopped with them and they enjoyed their company. News of Revere. He mentions that they are going to Scotland, to Colonsay and to Glenquoich with Phipps. He is sending Jowetts introduction to Plato. Civilities.


Date: 
August 29, 1907
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler is sorry that Mabel Brewster has not been well. He gives from their holiday at Bude, and compares it to Bar Harbor. The bathing and the golf are excellent, but Revere has not caught any fish. He mentions that he was expecting a line from B. Delano. His friend Grover Atterbury had dined with them. They missed O'Reilly. He asks her to tell Brewster to cable. Civilities.


Date: 
September 23, 1907
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler is glad of Robert Brewster's reassuring cable. He congratulates Brewster the new baby Sylvia. Her home will be a great satisfaction. He has not seen Delano and his wife. Reports of their holiday in Cornwall. They received many visitors in their new house. The Jacobs were here. Mrs. Osler will be in Boston for a short visit around the 20th of October. She will call her in New York. Civilities.


Date: 
July 10, 1908
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler is glad to hear from Brewster. He mentions that they had lots of visitors, Mrs. Osler likes it but it tires him a bit. Osler describes his dilemma in choosing between going to America in September or a break for the Winter with a real holiday in Italy. He never took any holiday and if he does, it will be a long one till Spring. He was disappointed to meet Sylvia. He asks Brewster to keep the secret because he is slated for the Tuberculosis Congress in Washington in September. News of Revere. Mentions the Lord Rectorship at the University of Edinburgh. It amuses him. Will look for a resting place for her next year, in France or England. Shocked by the accidental death of Mrs. Chapin's boy (aged 14), their nephew. Civilities.


Date: 
August 21, 1908
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler enjoys the country and their first long motor trip. They went to the Fleet in Kirkcudbright in the Guy Mannering and Crockett country. Comments on the fishing. They visited Ellangowan and Dirk's cave, and places mentioned in Scott's novels. They are at the English Lakes. Wordsworth's granddaughter showed them his house at Grassmere. They saw the Northern Olympia where Westmorland and Cumberland men have their wrestling matches. Mentions that he will come to America in the Spring after his sabbatical on the continent. He hopes that Sylvia is well again. HE jokes about the fact that she should have come in the Dorset instead of having a summer house in Long Island. Civilities.


Date: 
December 31, 1908
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler wishes a Happy New Year to the family. Osler enjoyed his visit to Paris, and offers details on his daily routine to work. They avoided the American Colony in Paris to be in seclusion and rest. News of Revere. Mentions that he met a child who is her miniature, Susan Revere Baker. Comments on the charm of children. Asks her to let him know of her plan for the Summer. Hopes to be out in May. Will be in Baltimore for the opening address of the new building, the Hall which will be called after him, and to which Robert Brewster has subscribed. Will leave Paris January 12th. Greetings to her mother, Mrs. Anderson and to Lois Swan and Mrs. Hand. Mentions that Seymour Thomas is doing his portrait for a friend of Osler. It will not be as Medieval as Sargent's.


Date: 
March 15, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler offers sympathies for the death by pneumonia of Mabel Brewster's mother. He mentions that Mrs. McCagg, an old friend of Lois Swans was wondering how they became such friends. He explained that it was after her appendix attack at Old Point. Details of his itinerary in Italy. Mentions that he misses Revere and will go to England and sail from Southampton April 14th. Civilities.


Date: 
April 9, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler is glad to be back in Oxford with his boy and his books. He speaks tenderly about Revere. He enjoyed Venice. He saw Verona, Padua, Pavia, and Milan. The best thing they saw in Italy was the gothic Milan Cathedral. Information on the books he had purchased. He was glad to meet Mabel Brewster's friends, the Averills, in Venice. She told her that maybe Mabel, her husband and Sylvia would come to Oxford this year. He will sail by the Adriatic (White Star) on the 14th to New York. Will go to the University Club. Asks her if she will be in town. Will go to Philadelphia, to Boston, and Baltimore for the opening of the Osler Hall. Will be in Canada around June 1st and will sail from Montreal June 18th (Canadian Pacific Boat). Mrs. Osler will stay in Oxford. Civilities.


Date: 
April 13, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler will sail on the 21st on the Majestic because of a sharp attack of grippe. He had a good Easter. He sends Mabel Brewster the Times notice on Swinburne. Mention of his children's poems. Civilities.


Date: 
May 16, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler sends Mabel Brewster a clipping about the opening of the new building to which she and her husband subscribed. Details on the reception. Mentions that he saw Dr. Kerr, who is physically well but very emotionally troubled. His son is doing well, but his wife is disturbed by the state of her husband. He saw Lois who is painting the president's portrait. Mrs. Taft is hopeful about the portrait. He missed the President. Mrs. Osler wrote him that the young Meigs (High School Meigs) is engaged to the younger Averill girl. Would like to visit her on the 29th and 30th to spend time with Sylvia. She must call him Uncle Osler. Civilities.


Date: 
June 17, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler is leaving tomorrow from Quebec. Thanks Mabel Brewster for the books. Mentions his busy visit in Montreal. He is tired but enjoyed visiting his old home in Montreal where he spent ten happy years. Tribute to the dear old men who gave him opportunities for work. Dr. Rist will look out for her at the Mercedes. Civilities.


Date: 
April 2, 1910
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler deplores the fact that he will not be able to visit Mabel Brewster at Mt. Kisco this autumn. He mentions a dream that he had of her and Sylvia. Asks her to send him news to reassure him that she had recovered. Hopes that she will see Grace who had sailed to Montreal two weeks ago. Asks her Lois' address. He is busy revising his textbook. Civilities.


Date: 
April 6, 1910
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler is delighted with Sylvia's photograph. He mentions that Mrs. Osler returns on the 13th. Revere is well. He went fishing in Wales with friends. He asks Mabel Brewster if she will visit them this summer. He mentions that he is busy with some lectures for the Royal College of Physicians. If Mrs. Osler gets back in time, he will go to Wiesbaden for a Congress. Civilities.


Date: 
August 16, 1910
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler wishes Mabel Brewster happiness in her new home. He asks her if he can come on September 2 or on the 3rd and spend Sunday. They are sailing the following Tuesday. Mrs. Osler will be in Baltimore and Revere is fishing. He gives news of his holidays in Murray Bay and Montreal, and love to Sylvia. Osler informs her that she can write to him at Mrs. Revere's in Canton. He will be at the Glades for a few days next week, and will go to Boar's Harbor to see Weir Mitchell. Civilities.


Date: 
March 4, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler had a delightful trip. He offers details on Edfu, and sends Mabel Brewster pictures. He will send her "The Spell of Egypt" from Hichens. He gives details of his itinerary. Karnak impressed him very much. Of Thebes, Osler remarks that 'no such magnificence of later cities has ever matched it'. He describes the country. He went at the Tombs of the Kings; he offers a description of the Tombs and of the mummy of Seti. He sends a card to Sylvia of the crocodiles at the Kom Ombos Temple. Sends her a card of the (Philae Temple). Details of his itinerary. Civilities.


Date: 
March 17, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler tells Mabel Brewster to remember the reference of the boat and of Akmed Barondi, the dragoman, as she and her husband must make this trip. He suggests she take him as physician and playmate of Sylvia in 1913, for this eventual trip. He recommends she read Weigall's book or Breasted's book about Iknnaton, the idealist Pharaoh. Osler offers details of the sites he visited. He will sail on the 22nd for Naples and will be home April 1st. He asks her of her Summer plans, and mentions that he shall have to stay at work after this long holiday. He is working on the new edition of his textbook. Civilities.


Date: 
August 24, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler offers Mabel Brewster good wishes for the voyage home. Revere and he are fishing. He offers an anecdote for Sylvia about a mother sheep and her lamb. He mentions a possible visit next year. He asks her to let him know if the books came in. They are reading the French books with great pleasure. He mentions that Grace is happy here and that she loves to get away from people. She will see her in October. Civilities.


Date: 
December 15, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Christmas Greetings. Osler hopes that Sylvia's big Bible has come. He sent Mabel an edition of the Phaedo. Osler mentions the examinations, and his work on the textbook which will go to press next month. He had read Bergson on Laughter. Noted that the only two special works on this emotional problem are from Frenchmen, one in 1560 by Joubert and the other one by Bergson. A cheque and love to Lois. Christmas greetings to Uncle Ned and his family. Mention of a book on Prof. Lounsburry from Yale. Civilities.


Date: 
January 5, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Civilities. Osler writes of his work for the text-book. It is hard work to review something and put it in a new form. He recalls that it was just 20 years ago since he was working at the first edition. It has brought him hosts of friends known and unknown. He will give Mabel Brewster the new edition in October. He has not begun his Yale Lectures. He is looking forward with pleasure to a week at Avalon (in September). He asks her to thanks her husband for his letter; he is glad that he liked Pasteur life. He expressed his admiration for Pasteur. Civilities.


Date: 
July 12, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Mabel Brewster for the photographs of Sylvia. He will sail in the middle of September, and will be in Avalon for the last week of September.He mentions that his textbook is finally finished. They have had many visitors. Both his brothers have been with them, and his sister is coming tonight. He mentions their holiday in Scotland at Tongue, in the Sunderlandshire, for August. Comments on Revere. They are excited about Woodrow Wilson of whom he is very fond. Sorry that Roosevelt has treated Taft badly. Mentions the visit of Uncle Ned's boy. Civilities.


Date: 
August 6, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler mentions that Hadley and he have decided to postpone the (Silliman) Lectures until next spring. He is extremely disappointed, as he had arranged his itinerary to spend a week in Avalon with them. Will try to see her in Spring. Hates to have a year go by without seeing her and Sylvia. They had a busy summer. It was a great delight to have the visit of his sister with her husband. Two other brothers came. News of Revere who has good heart and good hands but not much at his books. They are in Scotland for fishing. Grace will not have to speak to a soul, which is her idea of a blissful holiday. Details on how they spend their holidays. Mentions his work on the lectures. Mentions a letter from Uncle Ned. Good comments about his story published in the Scribner.


Date: 
December 15, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler explains the delay in getting some Christmas messages off to America. He had a worrying week with a succession of examiners from outside who have to be looked after, but also with Whitelaw Reid illness. Mentions that he seemed to be of greater comfort to him than his London doctors. He passed away this morning. Tribute to him. Hopes that she received the book "Being & Doing." Asks for news of Mabel Brewster's health. Love to Uncle Ned. His lecture is fixed for April 20th. Logistic details on his future visit to her. Mentions that they will have a busy Christmas. Revere would be home for a month. Civilities.


Date: 
April 22, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler was glad to have news of Mabel Brewster from her husband. Likes the name of the baby. Mentions that he is sailing September 5th and will arrange to see her. They are busy. Revere is in Scotland fishing. Informs her that he passed the Matriculation, they were doubtful about it, as he is not good at exams. Mentions that she will have a photograph of a crayon sketch which Sargent made of him for the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. Says that it is a bit dour. Civilities.


Date: 
May 15, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler wishes he could take Kipling's "Night Mail" and spend some weeks at Mabel Brewster's home. They have had such a strenuous life lately. The Hadleys have been with them. Good comments about them. Had news of Lois from them. Mrs. McCagg is with them. Hadley's lecture have been very popular. Political opinion on Ulster. Exclusion seems to be the only solution. Mentions that Revere and he are great chums. Enjoins her not to neglect Sylvia for the new baby. Grace sends love. Civilities.


Date: 
July 10, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler has his passage by the Aquitania, September 7th. Grace and Revere will sail to Quebec on July 30th. He explains to Mabel Brewster that he is staying because of a meeting of the Library Association in Oxford the first five days of September. Planning to visit her at Mt. Kisco about September 12 or 13. He will go to Boston as Grace and Revere sail back to England about September 20th, for the first term which begins October 1st. Mentions that he had been approached by delegates from both liberal and conservative caucuses to stand as an independent University man. He is flattered but not even tempted. He is not interesting by a new job at his time of life. Adds that he is more than busy with his work. Mentions that they are off motoring in Norfolk. Will pick up Revere at Quidenham, where he is with his tutor. Details on their itinerary. Osler will stay at Cambridge at Magdalene College to work over Pepys Library, and to preside at the first peripatetic meeting of the Bibliographical Society. Civilities.


Date: 
August 6, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler reports that he cannot leave having to help in organizing the medical department of Territorial Force. Grace and Revere sailed on the 31th. Mentions that his wife will be furious to be separated from him, and she has been on the committee of the nursing department. They will return on the first steamer available. Worried about a niece and her daughter at Aix. Hopes they have got to Switzerland. Gives his opinion on war. Thinks that it all seems very unnecessary, but the natives are still in the nursery stage. Mentions that they tried to get away from the Island (Colonsay), but the trains from Oban south were too crowded. Disappointed not to see the Brewsters. Civilities.


Date: 
September 4, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler gives details on the climate in England. Grace is President of the Soldiers Guild. Mentions that they are starting two hospitals for the Canadian Contingent, as he is on the executive committee he is in London nearly every day. Glad to see the American sympathy with England and France. Details on people touched directly by war. Deplores that on the first list of casualties were two young Oxford friends. Hopes that good will come of all this war if it wrecks forever the cursed militarism of Germany. Wishes he could be with them for a week a peace. Civilities.

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