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Letters dated 1909


Date: 
November 24, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thayer, William Sydney
Abstract: 

Osler is glad that Thayer liked the photograph. He asks Thayer the date of the Welch dinner so that he could send a cable. Would be delighted to be on the Committee. Glad of the medallion. News from Oxford, the Tuberculosis meeting. Mitchell wrote enthusiastically of an event in Philadelphia (possiblt referring to Futcher's wedding) It is a great matter to have Futcher settled. Civilities.


Date: 
( April 25, 1908 ?)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Shepherd, Francis John
Abstract: 

Osler is glad to hear from Martin of his election as a Dean. Congratulations. He mentions that his life is not as peaceful as they expected, but they are happy. He enjoyed his trip to Vienna, but is not impressed by the new clinics of the old Hospital. That makes him despair of private institutions. Civilities.


Date: 
January 1, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Ogden, Henry Vining
Abstract: 

Osler offers Ogden greetings for the new year. Short details on his sabbatical year on the continent. Hopes to be in America in May. Comments on Arthur Browne's stroke. Civilities.


Date: 
January 2, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Chatard, Albert
Abstract: 

Osler is glad that the meeting has been postponed because he would have been disappointed not to have been able to give the Oration. He hopes to be able to be at the Association of American Physicians. Discussion over the entertainment for the opening of the new building. He advises Ogden to make a special point of the other 18th century associations of medicine. News of his sojourn in France.


Date: 
January 4, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Milburn, Edward F.
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Milburn for his Christmas reminder. He asks Milburn if he received The Alabama Student. News of his sabbatical in France and Italy. Hopes to be in Canada in June. Will arrange to see him. Asks for news of Jimmy Morgan and of the Cheklys. Reminiscence of the past. Compassion over the lost of Milburn's son. Civilities.


Date: 
January 8, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Bowditch, Henry Pickering
Abstract: 

Osler sends Bowditch the Bertholet address at the Academie Francaise. Details of the ceremony. Enjoyed his stay in Paris. He has been working at the Hospitals, took lectures at the Sorbonne, a course by Bergsen on Berckeley and one on Rabelais by Lefranc. Bergsen paid a tribute to William James. Osler has been working on his System and on some other articles. Details of his itinerary, Lyons, Montpellier, Avignon, Nimes, Arles and Italy. Hopes to sail May 1st. Civilities. Mention of Richet who is in Brazil.


Date: 
January 11, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler writes that Peripeteia is trying to reach Vernon. Seymour Thomas will for him. Thomas' picture of Osler is good. It will be at the Salon, he will send a photograph. Osler makes a joke about the fact that Thomas has a portrait of Jacobs' s double. Details on their itinerary. Revere is back to Oxford and enjoyed his Christmas holidays in Paris. Mention of the aeroplane show of the Wright brothers. He has been busy visiting the Library. Knows Huber and his two associates quite well. Will show the Harvey Diploma at the Historical Club. Sorry to leave. Mention the lack of trained nurses.


Date: 
January 11, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Welch, William Henry
Abstract: 

Osler will go to Lyons to visit the best clinics in France, and to see Symphorien Champier and Rabelais's environment. He wishes he to stop in Vienna to call on Servetus and Apollos Rivoire, the father of Paul Revere. Mention that he read the Servetus trial for Astrology, 1437. Bibliographical reference. Plans to go to Montpellier to see Rondeletius to read about ichtyology. Plans to go to Nimes and Avignon. Enjoyed his stay in Paris. Osler mentions the revolt against Bouchard, and that Bouchard has been kind to him. Word about the speech and the ceremony at the Academie Francaise. Details on his lectures at the Library. Mention of Seymour Thomas's portrait of Osler. Itinerary of his trip in Italy. The Rush are coming. Read Swinburne and his children's poems.


Date: 
January 12, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Mackall, Leonard L.
Abstract: 

Osler has received the Linde volume and he wants to pay for it. He likes it but comments that Dutch is hard to read. Mentions that he has picked up a few Servetus items. He is leaving tomorrow. Civilities.


Date: 
January 15, 1909
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's note on Osler's activities on the January 15, 1909, extract from his account-book. He left Paris for Cannes. Suffered from tonsillitis. Stayed at the Mont Fleury Hotel.


Date: 
January 23, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler mentions that because of a tonsillitis, he had to cancel his visit to Lyons. He enjoys Cannes, the temperature and the hotel. The Van Burens and many other old friends are in Cannes. They went to Valiscure, St. Raphael, and Cap d' Antibes. Plans to stay there for ten days and then go to Rome, leaving Naples a few days before he sails to America. Proposal to join them in Rome, and then visit Florence and the North. Positive comments on the men and the information he got in Paris. Details on what Vernon needs to do to Osler's portrait. Comments on the new building. Hopes the Frick room will be nice. Positive comment on the latter. Miss Nichols is going out to Miss Noyes. He needs someone who can work for him at the Bodleian, and look up references in 3 or 4 languages.


Date: 
January 28, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Nuttall, George H.F.
Abstract: 

Osler offers greetings to Nuttall's family. He gives details on his sabbatical year in Paris and Italy. Will sail to New York April 15th and be back at the end of June. Regrets not being able to go to the Pepys dinner. Thanks him for the invitation.


Date: 
January 1, 1909
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's note on Osler at Cannes. Dr. Sanders told him to take some Calomel. He said that medical practice was different depending if he treated an American Lady (who traveled with Osler's Practice of Medicine) or an English one. Event described on p.158 volume II.


Date: 
January 31, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler asks McCrae to get the photos of Malarial Gangrene that he published 8 years ago. It could go under the diagnosis of Raynaud's disease. Osler references a picture of a child with multiple gangrene of arms and legs. He hopes he got the angeo-neurotic-oedema. He is finishing the erythromelalgia and sleroderma. Details on the diagnosis of Raynaud's disease. Hopes he did not cause delay. His section will not be more than 50 pages. Mentions that he could not go to Lyons and Montpellier because of his tonsillitis which continues. Sanders, the doctor in Cannes says it is possibly gouty. Will go at the Royal Hotel in Rome for a month from February 8th. Hopes to sail from Genoa on the 24th or the 25th.


Date: 
February 1, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler is glad to see a Laennec program again. He mentions the splendid weather, and his sore throat. Monte Carlo is wonderful. Are going to Rome next Sunday. He is afraid that they will just miss each other.


Date: 
February 5, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Osler reports on his travels in France. He jokes that he is thinking of moving to Monte-Carlo, where he already lost money gambling.


Date: 
February 7, 1909
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.


Date: 
February 7, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Mackall, Leonard L.
Abstract: 

Osler offers details of his itinerary in Italy. He enjoyed his stay in Paris. He asks Mackall when he goes to America. Mentions that he will be back in England about the 1st of July. Invites him to join him. Glad he liked The Alabama Student. A new edition has been edited. Thanks for the Servetus notes. He is sending to Rosenthal for the Biblia Latina. Mention of the Trin. Erroribus and the Syruporum universia ratio of Servetus. Scandalized by an advertisement of Hyde Park talker on medicine. Mentions that the sexual life of Germans has not been helped by these semi-medical publications and this contrasexual cult. Notes from Mackall concerning references on Servetus's books.


Date: 
February 9, 1909
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's note taken in Osler's account-book. February 9, Went to Rome at the Hotel Royal. Details on his sore throat in Cannes.


Date: 
February 9, 1909
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's note. Osler's notes on book in 1909. Mention of the Catalogue de la Bibliotheque de feu Le Duc D. Mario Massimo de Rignano. Details on the prices. Anecdote on the Duc.


Date: 
February 11, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Osler writes of his impressions of Rome. He hopes to visit the Vatican Library and has already picked up several literary treasures. Incl. ms. notes.


Date: 
February 11, 1909
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Cushing, Katharine Stone Crowell
Abstract: 

Lady Osler reports on her European travels. Osler has been working on articles for Systems of Medicine. They will meet with Mrs. Fraser while in Rome. Osler goes to Boston in May. She is happy that Miss Nichols is with the Cushings, but she knows not how she will get on without her.


Date: 
February 17, 1909
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's note. Letter from William W. Francis to Cushing giving information about Rev. Henry Marriott Bannister and on the Contessa Andreozzi, nee Alice Horwitz. Says that he found the manuscripts of his two Burton papers. Anecdote about Osler saying that Bannister was the only genuine amphibian Catholic. G.R.O. says that Osler was not working at the Vatican Library.


Date: 
February 17, 1909
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's note on the Vatican Reading Room. Note on Bannister. Extract from Osler's note-book describing his visit to the reading room, which can be read on p.162, volume II.


Date: 
February 19, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Thomas
Abstract: 

Osler sends McCrae the schleroderma and erythromelalgia section. Charles Lea is here and Osler has consoled him. He is glad about the work they have done on the System, and hopes Welch is working at his article. Enjoys Rome but did not have time to see the Doctors yet. Will go with Machiafava to the Medical School. He comments on the book stores and on his buys. Mention of his visit to the Vatican Library with Bannister. He had out the oldest Hippocratic and Galen MSS, dated from the 11th century. Details on his itinerary in Italy. Will sail from Naples on April 21st on Canopic to Boston. Civilities. Note from McCrae about Osler's joking about the fact that McCrae was doing all the work for the System. Will stay at his place when in Baltimore.


Date: 
February 24, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler is afraid that he and Jacobs will not be able to meet in Italy. He is delighted about William Marburgh's gift. Suggests that his brother could subscribe. Mentions that he is busy with the building and endowing of a home for aged women in memory of their mother, in Dundas. Just begun to get involved with Machiafava, Celli and the Bastianellis. The Hospitals are A.1, but they need new schools. Will see the malaria work with Celli. Statistics on the subject. Comments on the dirt in Rome. Mention of a visit at Frascati and the Alban Mountains where Countess Andreozzi took them. They see the Garretts. Will go to the Island in the temple of Aesculapius. Hopes that Garrett gets the Ambassadorship. Mrs. McCagg, Taft's friend, wrote him about it. Comment on the book stores.


Date: 
February 28, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacCallum, William George
Abstract: 

Osler congratulates MacCallum on his appointment at Columbia. He wonders what Welch will do without him. Good comments on Machiafava, Celli, Bignami, and the Bastianellis. The pathologists are in practice. He has been in Rome for one month and now going to Florence. He is disappointed to miss Lyons and Montpellier because of a sore throat. Civilities.


Date: 
February 29, 1909
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's note. Extract from Osler's note book on the Bibliotheca Lancisiana in Rome which he visited with G. Bastianelli.


Date: 
March 2, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
White, James William
Abstract: 

Osler sends White a prayer for St. Cosmas and St. Damian, their patron Saints. He jokes about a candle that he had burnt for his surgical colleagues. Description of his pilgrimage. Enjoys his trip. Details of his itinerary. Will go to Perugia, Assisi, and Florence. Hopes to see him in May or June. Sails April 22nd. Jokes. Civilities.


Date: 
March 3, 1909
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Mackall, Leonard L.
Abstract: 

Osler advises Mackall to give his note to Bannister who can possibly help him to trace the descendants of Thomas Medwin (a friend of Byron and Shelley). Shiff, the librarian at Florence may help. Details of his itinerary to Florence. He had enjoyed Rome. He got a copy of 1476 Aristotle, "de animalium partibus" and other books relating to Medical History, De Renzi's Storia Documentata della Scuola Medica di Salerno, a dictionary of Gessner. Tribute to Gessner. Will show him a tribute on him in Oxford in August. Will be back from America July 1st. Civilities.

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