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Letters dated 1911


Date: 
August 31, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
White, James William
Abstract: 

Osler gives White his approbation to use his name as seconder at the R.A.C. He gives his compliments to his cousin and his son. Should be glad to meet them at that Club, that he uses now a lot. News from their holiday. Revere is fishing. Civilities. Greetings to Mrs. Abbey.


Date: 
September 1, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Surgeon General's Library, Washington
Abstract: 

Letter to the Librarian and Staff. Osler thanks them for their congratulations on his baronetcy. Among all the letters and telegrams he received, not one touched his heart more closely than theirs. Emotional tribute to the stimulus their publications had on his work.


Date: 
September 1, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Howard, Campbell Palmer
Abstract: 

Osler writes that they are off to Lake Ogwin for a couple of days. Will look after the light of his life (Ottilie Wright). It is a great relief to him to have Ottilie in the hands of some one we know and love. Personal comments. Sends him some of Revere's sketches. Civilities.


Date: 
September 2, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Barker, Lewellys Franklin
Abstract: 

Osler hopes to see Barker today. He mentions the open letter that he will send to Remsen on the Whole time clinical professors question. Osler gives his opinion on the Flexner's Report; he thinks that Barker's address will do good. It will put the clinical problem in its proper light. News from Thayer who was with them for a week. He mentions that they needed to rest after the baronetcy racket. It does not change him. Love to Miss Humpton. Informs him that he has fortunately lost his secretary. News of Revere. Announces Campbell Howard's and Ottilie Wright's engagement. He will not come in America this year. Trying to revise the text book. McCrae will help him. Mention of a delightful visit from the Mullers. The latter is opposed to the whole time clinical professor scheme. Civilities.


Date: 
September 3, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Abbott, Maude E.
Abstract: 

Osler hopes his phlebitis attack is over. Details about similar cases he saw. Maude Abbott should be satisfied with her visit in Europe. She had stirred up enthusiasm and interest. Miss Hutchinson said how pleased his father was with her visit. News from their holidays and mention of Campbell Howard's and Ottilie Wright's engagement. They are delighted as both are like their children. Good reports of Dr. Francis. Osler is sad of the news of Armstrong. Osler thanks her for the congratulations. The baronetcy has not changed him. There are many here who have done much more than he and are overlooked. Civilities.


Date: 
September 4, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Shattuck, Frederick Cheever
Abstract: 

Osler mentions that when he arrived in Oxford, Broadbent told him that he could arrange anything he wishes if Strathcona and Laurier gave a sign. He told him to let matters rest as it would look as if he came in search of a title. Hughlings Jackson and Jonathan Hutchinson deserve greater honours. News from the family. Comical details about a dream he had of him. Love and greetings to them all. Civilities.


Date: 
September 4, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Kelly, Howard Atwood
Abstract: 

Osler offers Kelly encouragement for his operation, which will be done by the Mayos. He asks him to have William Mayo to send a card on how he is. He wishes he could take an aeroplane to Rochester and visit him. Osler mentions his open letter to Remsen on the question of the whole time clinical professors. Gives his opinion on the matter. Civilities.


Date: 
September 4, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Pratt, Joseph Hersey
Abstract: 

Osler asks Pratt for news. He mwntionsCambell Howard's and Ottilie Wright's engagement. News from their quiet holidays. He is trying to finish the enormous correspondence that came for his baronetcy. Asks for a photo of the mother and the baby.


Date: 
September 4, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Milburn, Edward F.
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Milburn for his congratulations on his baronetcy. He kept the special ones for the end. Osler comments humbly about this honour. News from their holiday. He is not coming in Canada this year. His holiday in Egypt has to count. He will go next year. He asks Milburn if he received the Fletcher and Kipling history of England that he sent. News of Revere. Civilities.


Date: 
September 7, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Phipps, Henry
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Phippsfor the cutting descriptive of the new Hospital. The Johns Hopkins Dispensary is doing splendid work, good comments on the report sent by Hamman. Mentions his work in the county and of the dispensary at the Radcliffe Infirmary. He would like to see him while he is in London. Asks him if he has any extra copies of the Pasteur Life. Mrs. Osler is delighted with the Bartlett. Civilities.


Date: 
September 7, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Unidentified
Abstract: 

Osler writes to an unidentified author that he is glad that he did not go to Indiana. Campbell Howard forgot to tell him about it, as he is too in love with Ottilie Wright. Expects the McCraes today (will work on the revision of the text book). Hopes to go to Rome in April. Civilities.


Date: 
September 14, 1911
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's note. Miss Warner had been engaged by Osler as a secretary.


Date: 
September 19, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Wright, Adam H.
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Wright for the editorial he wrote (about dipsominia). News from their Summer. Mention of Nona Gwyn and of Ottilie Wright's and Campbell Howard's engagement. Civilities. Note by Adam H. Wright about the editorial mentioned by Osler. Thinks that it is one on Zimmerman, about dipsominia inherited from his father's side.


Date: 
September 20, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Howard, Campbell Palmer
Abstract: 

News from his fiancé Ottilie Wright. Problems about some books exceeding the weight limit of the Smithsonian. Details about them. Osler and McCrae are working hard on the revision of the textbook. Osler asks Howard for corrections or suggestions on the textbook.


Date: 
September 1, 1911
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

"Sir William Osler," from The Practitioner & Review, Toronto, September 1911, xxxvi. Additional notes by Cushing remarking that this text may have been written by Adam H. Wright.


Date: 
October 2, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Adami, John George
Abstract: 

Osler will miss Adami as he is going to Glasgow. He gives his opinion on an offer made to Adami from the North Western (in Chicago). It would be a great loss for Montreal, but if the conditions are so interesting in Chicago, he cannot refuse. Civilities.


Date: 
October 4, 1911
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Clipping from an unidentified paper, dated October 5, 1911. "MEDICAL RESEARCH-NEW GLASGOW INSTITUTE-ADDRESS BY SIR WILLIAM OSLER."


Date: 
October 11, 1911
From: 
Jackson, T.W.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Notes from books: "Inserted in Pietas Oxoniensis in Memory of Sir Thomas Bodley, Knt." Jackson heard from an informant that E.W.B. Nicholson, the Bodleian Librarian, was roaming the streets, displaying abnormal behaviour, unfit to be unattended. Jackson asks for Osler's help in the matter.


Date: 
October 12, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Klebs, Arnold Carl
Abstract: 

It is impossible for Osler to be at Vienna (for the inauguration of monument to Michael Servetus, on October 15 1911). He asks Klebs to send a good newspaper account and a photograph of the monument. He agrees to subscribe to the Arloing Memorial. He asks Klebs to look for any old medical books of the 15th and 16th century. He wishes to have all of Conrad Gesner's works.


Date: 
October 13, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Howard, Campbell Palmer
Abstract: 

Details about Ottilie Wright going back to America. Osler writes that his wife is going to America tomorrow. He mentions his work on the textbook which will go to press early in January. He gives details about the problems sending him the Revue de Medicine. Osler mentions the second child of Marjorie (Howard Futcher), who is a boy. He would have preferred a girl or twins.


Date: 
October 13, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Pepper, O.H. Perry
Abstract: 

Osler congratulates Pepper on his pneumothorax paper. Civilities. Attached is the paper on "the insidious onset of pneumothorax", and an original letter to Cushing from Pepper on the matter.


Date: 
October 25, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Klebs, Arnold Carl
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Klebs for the cuttings about Servetus (the inauguration of the monument). He commets on the fact that the liberals use Servetus as a stick with which to beat the clericals. Civilities.


Date: 
October 27, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Parfitt, Charles Daniel
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Parfitt for the photographs. He gives renewed thanks for the portrait of Mrs. Parfitt and Patricia. Osler mentions that a man will send another copy of the chromo. Details about it. Civilities.


Date: 
October 30, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler explains that he will not send him a copy of his Remsen letter, as he specifically stated that it was a family affair, only for the Faculty. He agrees with the idea of having a few men at Research Institutes, Cole at the Rockefeller for example, but dreads having a class of clinicians growing up out of touch. To have a whole Faculty made up of Halsted's type of men would be a very good thing for science, but a very bad thing for the profession. Announces that he will lecture on "the Evolution of Modern Medicine" at Yale next Autumn. He will try to visit Dock in St. Louis, though it is doubtful he can. Civilities.


Date: 
October 1, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Bowditch, Harold
Abstract: 

Osler invites Bowditch to come visit him in Oxford. He mentions that Lady Osler has gone to America. Civilities.


Date: 
October 31, 1911
From: 
Simmons, George H.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Simmons sends Osler a clipping (a correction to make in the new edition of his textbook). Simmons knows that Osler received the Journal (unidentified). He was not sure he would have read the article pointed. Civilities.


Date: 
November 2, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Phipps, Henry
Abstract: 

Osler repeats his positive comments on White and the Pittsburgh work. He suggests that Phipps call White when he will in America, as he knows Phipps will like him. He mentions White's work experience at the Johns Hopkins and in Indianapolis. The latter has been cured of tuberculosis at the Adirondacks. His wife is charming. Osler is delayed in sending out the Pasteur Life to the Medical School Libraries. Glaisher has some difficulties in getting the copies from Constable. Civilities.


Date: 
November 4, 1911
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's handwritten manuscript notes regarding the "Hell, Heaven and Death" series from Osler's Library.


Date: 
November 4, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Editor of the Spectator
Abstract: 

Copy of the letter he sent to the Spectator, which was published November, 4, 1911. "Maeterlinck on Death", a critic of Maeterlinck's essay. He is protesting against the picture given of the act of dying. No death need be physically painful. Attached is a copy of a letter that is pasted in this book in Osler's library. J. Duncan wrote him on December 5, 1911 regarding his critic made in the Spectator.


Date: 
November 9, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Parfitt, Charles Daniel
Abstract: 

Osler writes that his previous secretary had put the wrong address. He sends the letter again with the right address. Civilities.

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