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Letters dated 1900


Date: 
January 1, 1900
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Rolleston, Humphry Davy
Abstract: 

Osler has just finished reading the last volume of Allbutt's Systems and believes that the contributors should get together to reward Allbutt for his labours as Editor. Osler comments on the war and is optimistic that the British Empire will triumph.


Date: 
January 3, 1900
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Gilman, Daniel Coit
Abstract: 

Osler writes to endorse Dr. Cordell to the position of Custodian of the Toner Collection of the Congressional Library.


Date: 
January 5, 1900
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Coy, George J.
Abstract: 

Osler requests Coy's help in collecting information on the health of their students. He asks Coy to find out which of the students have withdrawn by request of the Faculty, on account of ill-health, or because of death. He is particularly interested to know how many students contracted Typhoid. Incl. ms. notes.


Date: 
January 12, 1900
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Baldwin, Edward R.
Abstract: 

Osler hopes that Dr. Nyce will recover from the white plague. He thanks Baldwin for taking care of his nephew, Herbert.


Date: 
January 23, 1900
From: 
Schäfer, Edward A. Sharpey
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Schäfer is settling into his work in Edinburgh but has not yet taken a house. He writes of his laboratory and of the progress of the medical school. Schäfer informally offers Osler the position of Chair of Medicine at Edinburgh, which he believes will soon be vacant. He looks forward to Osler's visit later in the year.


Date: 
January 26, 1900
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jack, George N.
Abstract: 

Clipping from "Jack: The Pathology of Asthma," pp. 3-4. Osler writes that he was very interested in Jack's paper on the Hygiene of the asthmatic.


Date: 
January 29, 1900
From: 
Bell, Clark
To: 
Flick, Lawrence F.
Abstract: 

Arrangements for Flick's presentation at the Congress on Tuberculosis, to be held under the auspices of the Medico-Legal Society on February 21, 1900.


Date: 
February 5, 1900
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Rolleston, Humphry Davy
Abstract: 

Osler suggests that Allbutt deserves some public recognition for all of his hard work. Osler would like to go to South Africa, as he is deeply interested in the war. He comments favourably on the British Empire's efforts to keep South Africa English. He thanks Rolleston for his paper on Cirrhosis.


Date: 
February 6, 1900
From: 
Osler, Ellen Mary (Nellie)
To: 
Osler, Charlotte (Chattie, Mrs. Charles Gwyn)
Abstract: 

Ellen Osler relates news of family and friends.


Date: 
February 6, 1900
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Schäfer, Edward A. Sharpey
Abstract: 

Osler declines Schäfer's offer to become Chair of Medicine at Edinburgh. Neither Osler nor Grace want their son, Revere, to grow up an American. He plans to retire to England in eight or ten years. Osler has learned from the papers of Grainger Stewart's death.


Date: 
February 6, 1900
From: 
Greenfield, W.S.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Greenfield writes of the death of Grainger Stewart and asks if Osler would consider being his successor to the Chair of Medicine. Greenfield believes that Osler is the perfect candidate for the position, especially because Edinburgh is lacking in the study of Pathology and could use Osler's expertise on the subject. He must keep this letter private, as it would scandalize his brethren at Edinburgh.


Date: 
February 10, 1900
From: 
Webster, A.D.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Webster writes that rumors have been circulating that Osler will be named successor to Grainger Stewart as Chair of Medicine at Edinburgh. Webster is enthusiastic about having a fellow McGill man at Edinburgh. He writes that Osler's text book is the chief book used in the school.


Date: 
February 11, 1900
From: 
Caucerey, J.H.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Caucerey compliments Osler on his lecture on the Rhode Island Philosophers. He asks if Osler would be interested in accepting a position at the University of Toronto.


Date: 
February 13, 1900
From: 
Bell, Clark
To: 
Flick, Lawrence F.
Abstract: 

Clark writes that it is now too late to withdraw names from the program for the Congress on Tuberculosis. He advises Flick to enroll for the Congress whether he plans to attend or not.


Date: 
February 14, 1900
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Greenfield, W.S.
Abstract: 

Osler is very sorry to hear of Grainger Stewart's death. Before committing himself as a candidate for the Chair of Medicine at Edinburgh, Osler would like to know the sentiments of the Faculty. He would also like to know about the prospects for teaching, for a laboratory and for assistants. Osler is in no rush to leave Baltimore, as he enjoys much freedom in his work. However, he would much rather hold a Chair in Edinburgh that in any other school in the English speaking world.


Date: 
February 15, 1900
From: 
Knopf, Sigmund Adolphus
To: 
Flick, Lawrence F.
Abstract: 

Knopf would like to meet with Flick while he is in New York for the Congress on Tuberculosis. He urges Flick to visit the Tenement-house Exhibition.


Date: 
February 20, 1900
From: 
Osler, Ellen Mary (Nellie)
To: 
Osler, Charlotte (Chattie, Mrs. Charles Gwyn)
Abstract: 

Ellen Osler relates news of family and friends, and reports that Revere Osler was presented with a pet baby alligator.


Date: 
February 20, 1900
From: 
Schäfer, Edward A. Sharpey
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Schäfer is delighted that Osler is considering taking the position of Chair of Medicine at Edinburgh. Schäfer is working hard to convince the Curators to invite Osler, but ultimately they have the last word. He has enlisted Turner, Allbutt, Burdon-Sanderson, Foster, Lord Lister, Brunton, and Pye Smith to support Osler's candidacy. He encourages Osler to apply for the position once it is advertised. He includes a list of the names of the Curators.


Date: 
February 21, 1900
From: 
Thomson, Mitchell
To: 
Schäfer, Edward A. Sharpey
Abstract: 

The Curators of the University are bound to advertise the vacancy for the Chair of Medicine. Thomson recalls meeting Osler at the Medical Congress two years prior and is familiar with his work.


Date: 
February 22, 1900
From: 
Schäfer, Edward A. Sharpey
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Osler seems to have made a favourable impression on Lord Provost, who will most likely endorse his candidacy to Chair of Medicine at Edinburgh. The Board of Curators has a policy against inviting doctors to the University. As a result, Schäfer encourages Osler to prepare an application. He reports that most of the Medical Faculty at Edinburgh support Osler.


Date: 
February 23, 1900
From: 
Greenfield, W.S.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Greenfield supplies a news clipping announcing the vacancy for the Chair of Medicine at Edinburgh and the call for applications. Greenfield is hopeful that Osler will get the position. Incl. ms. notes.


Date: 
February 26, 1900
From: 
Lister, Lord Joseph
To: 
Schäfer, Edward A. Sharpey
Abstract: 

Lister writes that he must refrain from endorsing any specific candidate to the Chair of Medicine at Edinburgh. Although he is sure Osler would make an excellent candidate, he does not see how Osler can secure the position without making a formal application. If the Curators were to appoint someone to the Chair who had not applied for the position, it would be a slap in the face to the other worthy candidates.


Date: 
February 26, 1900
From: 
Osler, Ellen Mary (Nellie)
To: 
Osler, Grace Revere
Abstract: 

Ellen Osler reports that Nellie will soon have to write for her, for her sight is failing fast. She asks after Revere and his pet alligator. She is sad that Norman relocated from the Osler's in Baltimore to Philadelphia, but she is certain he will succeed. She relates news of family and friends.


Date: 
February 27, 1900
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Musser, John H.
Abstract: 

Osler hopes Musser will lick Gwyn into shape. He and Grace miss Gwyn very much, but find him happy and contented in his work.


Date: 
March 1, 1900
From: 
Greenfield, W.S.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Greenfield understands that it will be difficult to convince Osler to leave Baltimore. He offers Osler information about the University of Edinburgh to help him make his decision. For the most part, the Edinburgh Medical Faculty supports Osler's candidacy to the Chair of Medicine. He assures Osler that the facilities, laboratory and assistants will be sufficient if he were to come to Edinburgh. He warns Osler that at Edinburgh, Medicine has been looked at as a means to lucrative practice chiefly, and teaching has not been given the attention it deserves. He supplies Osler with salary figures and vacation schedules. He encourages Osler to apply for the job and to cable him with his final decision.


Date: 
March 2, 1900
From: 
Schäfer, Edward A. Sharpey
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Schäfer reports that several important people are supporting Osler's candidacy to the Chair of Medicine at Edinburgh. He has learned from Greenfield that Osler wants a guarantee for a clinical laboratory and assistants if he were to come to Scotland. Schäfer writes that no guarantee can be made as the electors are outside of the University and have no such power. But he tells Osler not to worry, for the University will surely provide him with whatever he needs if elected. [CUS417/96.24 attached on reverse side]


Date: 
March 4, 1900
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Schäfer, Edward A. Sharpey
Abstract: 

Osler will take the position of Chair of Medicine at Edinburgh if it is offered to him. However, he has reservations about applying for a position he is not certain he is wanted for.


Date: 
March 13, 1900
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Schäfer, Edward A. Sharpey
Abstract: 

Osler has decided to send in an application for the position of Chair of Medicine at Edinburgh University. He greatly appreciates all the work Schäfer has done on his behalf. He will try to have a list of his complete works printed in time for the application, but he believes his collected Reprints can be found in the Library of the R.C. of Physicians in Edinburgh. He comments favourably on war developments in South Africa. [Attached to reverse side of CUS417/96.23]


Date: 
March 14, 1900
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Schäfer, Edward A. Sharpey
Abstract: 

Osler has sent in his application for the position of Chair of Medicine at the University of Edinburgh.


Date: 
March 15, 1900
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cullen, Thomas Stephen
Abstract: 

Osler informs Cullen that he has been recommended for a promotion, which he greatly deserves. He writes that Dr. Leonard will speak before the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty.

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