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Letters dated 1911


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 3, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Bean, Robert Bennett
Abstract: 

Osler congratulates Bean on his book. He compares it to the books of Nott and Gliddon and of Quichard. He comments on the Homo Philippinensis. Hopes Bean is happy in New Orleans. Civilities.


Date: 
January 5, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Jacobs for the gold pencil he gave him for Christmas. He mentions that he had a good Christmas. Civilities.


Date: 
January 7, 1911
From: 
Bill, J. H.
To: 
Cowley, A.E.
Abstract: 

The owner sadly accepts the offer of 25 pounds for the manuscripts. Details on how to pay them. Civilities


Date: 
January 11, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Phipps, Henry
Abstract: 

Osler is glad that Phipps liked the little book (Sermonette). He mentions that the constables want the introduction before the end of the month. He will do it in time. He mentions that it is a wonderful story and the character of the man is an inspiration. Announces that he will be in Egypt six weeks with his brother.


Date: 
January 11, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler is sorry about the death of Frank Frick. He is glad of the success of the Appeal (for the building at JHH). He feels uncomfortable not to have given anything to it, but he got involved more deeply than he intended in the new building of the Royal Society of Medicine. He announces to Jacobs that he will leave on February 5th for Egypt with his brother. Mrs. Osler will not go. She does not like them both to be away from Revere. News of their Christmas. Civilities.


Date: 
January 14, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Jacobs for the Thomas Love Peacock book and for the books of essays. He mentions that he is off to Egypt around February 1st. Miss Woolley will stay with his wife while he is away. He will send him postcards. Civilities.


Date: 
January 23, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
"Gask" (J.B. Murphy?)
Abstract: 

Osler encloses a list of men whom he has contacted with letters of introduction for "Gask", possibly J.B. Murphy. List of men appears on verso.


Date: 
January 25, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Nixon, John Alexander
Abstract: 

Osler deplores his vice of procrastination. He will have to postpone their historical evening towards the end of March. Osler implores Nixon to not cast him off. He mentions the irresistible offer of his brother for a trip in Egypt.


Date: 
January 26, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Adami, John George
Abstract: 

Osler writes that it is too bad about W.W. Francis, but in the long run it may be the best thing that ever happened to him. It is not a bad attack, it may help him into Institution work, for which he is more adapted than for practice. He compliments Adami. He is delighted that Shipley got the Mastership. Civilities. Mentions his trip to Egypt with his Edmund Boyd Osler.


Date: 
January 26, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McEachran, Duncan
Abstract: 

Osler encourages McEachran on his recovery after an operation. He asks Mrs. McEachran to let him know how McEachran is. Civilities.


Date: 
January 26, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Phipps, Henry
Abstract: 

Osler reports that Constable and Co. sent 25 copies of the little sermonette to him. They are pushing ahead with the printing of the "Pasteur life". He has finished the introduction to it. Osler gives word of the establishment of a dispensary in connection with the Radcliffe Infirmary, based on the model of the Phipps Dispensary at the Johns Hopkins. He hopes to get in touch with all the tuberculosis cases of the county. The physician is a young Scot. He sends the cards of their meeting of today, and will go to Egypt next week. Civilities.


Date: 
January 30, 1911
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's note mentioning the annual meeting of International Association of Antiquarian Booksellers at Anderton's Hotel.


Date: 
February 1, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

The Comitia has granted Cushing permission to have the Vesalius portrait photographed. Osler writes regarding the "Epistolae of Vesal."


Date: 
February 4, 1911
From: 
Storey, Hedley V.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Storey offers a polite protestation against one statement Osler made at the annual dinner of the Antiquarian Booksellers. Paying a tribute to Blackwell, a bookseller in Oxford, he said that around him rotates much of the intellectual life of Oxford. Storey mentions that Blackwell, whom he deeply respects, is not the only bookseller in Oxford who helps the undergraduates in their choice of books. He would like to publish this letter or Osler's reply if he agrees.


Date: 
February 9, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Editor of the Times
Abstract: 

Letter published in the Times, February 9, 1911, p.6 b. Osler protests against the condition of the carriages in the train de luxe of the Compagnie Internationale des Wagons-Lits, on which he traveled between Paris and Naples.


Date: 
February 14, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Nicholson, E.W.B.
Abstract: 

Greetings. Osler mentions that he spent an hour with Moritz in the Khedival Library. Civilities. Cushing's note on his trip on the Nile.


Date: 
February 22, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Osler describes his voyage to Egypt. He visited the Hospital of the American Mission at Assiut. He tells of his acquaintance with a Pasha and reflects on the Muslim religion. He saw great books in the Khedival Library, where the Librarian offered Osler beautiful versions of the Koran in exchange for important 16th century Arabic texts held in the Bodleian Library.


Date: 
February 22, 1911
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Lady Osler thanks Jacobs for offering Bill [possibly referring to William Francis] a place in the Sanatorium. She reports that Osler is having a glorious time in Egypt. She and Miss Woolley took a trip to Swanage. She asks Jacobs to keep an eye on her "grandson" Palmer.


Date: 
February 27, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McCrae, Amy Gwyn
Abstract: 

Osler offers details of his trip in Egypt. He gives descriptions of the country and the monuments. He reflects on the ancient Egyptians, who were 'our masters in architecture'. He mentions the men who are traveling with him, and describes his itinerary. He hopes to be back by April 1st. He hopse that Mrs. McCrae and her husband will come to Oxford this Summer. Mary will come soon. He would like to go off somewhere with Revere. He gives news of Rever; he has aptitude for books, and will have to take to some practical line of work. Love to Kate, Marjorie, the Hurds, and the Thayers.


Date: 
March 1, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thayer, William Sydney
Abstract: 

Osler writes of details of his trip on the Nile through Egypt. He had a week in Cairo where he saw much of interest medically. Looss showed him his ankylostoma specimens which are endemic there because of the hygienic condition. Bilharzia is very common and more hopeless. Clinics are not properly organized and men of the Griesinger stamp are needed. He will meet the Board of Education on his return to stir them to spend more money. He offers more descriptions of the country. He recommends the reading of Hichen's "Spell of Egypt". Osler was impressed by the monuments. He writes details on Karnak, and on his other visits. He describes his itinerary. Osler is sorry that his wife is not with him. Civilities.


Date: 
(ca March 3, 1911)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Adami, John George
Abstract: 

Postcard. Osler had a glorious trip on the Nile. Mention of James Ross. Greetings.


Date: 
March 3, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Milburn, Edward F.
Abstract: 

Postcard of the Temple of Philae. Osler writes that it will be completely submerged when they raise the dam.


Date: 
March 3, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Postcard of an interior view of the Temple of Philae. Osler mentions that it will be all submerged with the raising of the dam. He remarks that this means one extra million a year to Egypt.


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 5, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thomas, Henry Mills
Abstract: 

Osler had a delightful trip on the Nile with his brother and five other friends. He just missed Thomas' sister and Miss Garrett at Luxor. Description of his itinerary. He would have liked to see Thebes in 1500 B.C. He comments on the genius of ancient Egyptians, and deplores the sanitary conditions of the country. The amount of ophthalmia and hookworm disease is appalling. The bilharzia is very bad. He will see the pellagra cases at the asylum. He wishes the occidentals would have been taught to pray in the Oriental style. Comments on Mahomet and the Islam, which is a great religion except for the woman question. He mentions their dragoman. Civilities. Osler asks Thomas if Hal has chance for Rhodes scholarship. He tells Trudeau to be kind to his parents. He is sorry his wife could not come. News of Revere.


Date: 
March 6, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Tyson, James
Abstract: 

Osler received Tyson's letter. He deplores Janeway's death, and offers a tribute to him. He describes his trip on the Nile with his brother. The world has seen nothing to match Thebes. He wonders how they miss what the Greeks have. He is glad that Deaver had the Clinical Chair. He mentions a rumor from St. Louis that Edsall has resigned and is going there. He enjoys his easier life in Oxford which gives him time to work and read. He saw many medical cases in Cairo. Looss showed him his specimens of hook worm disease. The bilharzia is very common. An extraordinary polypoid colitis develops late. He mentions pellagra cases with spinal cords he never saw before. He is surprised that there is no malaria. He will be back April 1st. He asks Tyson if he will come this year. Love to Mellor.


Date: 
March 10, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Barker, Lewellys Franklin
Abstract: 

Osler received Barker's letter of the 21st from Mrs. Osler. He is surprised at Hurd's resignation; he hopes it is not a health matter. He had written to him. Kind comments about him. Osler is glad Barker liked Thursfield. He was delighted by his trip on the Nile. He continues to be bewildered by the intellectual development of man 6000 years ago. Osler mentions Imhotep, the physician of antiquity. He recommends that Barker read "The Spell of Egypt" of Hichens. Flies are responsible, according to him , for 2/3 of the disease. Mentions the ophthalmia cases, the cases of blindness, the hook-worm disease. He comments on his visit to Looss who has not been given enough resources. The school is good, but not the hospital. Egypt did not have successors to Griesinger or Bilharz. Civilities.


Date: 
March 10, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler reports that they have turned and are coming down the Nile. Prof Sayre, Egyptologists and Weigall, the Director of Antiquities gave them hints as to what to see. He recommends the trip to Jacobs and his wife. He mentions his visit to the Tombs of the Kings and of 4 hours tour on a donkey. Mentions Barondi, their dragonian. He thanks Jacobs for offering a billet to W.W. Francis, but he would prefer him to stay at St. Agathe with his friend Byers. He asks Jacobs about his Summer plans. Civilities. He saw nothing at the Hoe sale.

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