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Letters dated 1912


Date: 
April 11, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thayer, William Sydney
Abstract: 

Postcard. Osler hopes that Thayer has taken a decision regarding the Harvard proposition. He is off to the Tuberculosis Congress in Rome tomorrow. Revere is quite himself again.


Date: 
April 14, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Osler writes of literary acquisitions. He enjoyed a week in Venice and reports that Revere is well.


Date: 
April 21, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thayer, William Sydney
Abstract: 

Postcard. Osler mentions that he will be in Cannes for a few days with the Jacobs'. Congress was not up to much; it was badly organized. Mrs. Murray, Ezra Thayer's sister-in-law, told him that he had declined the Harvard position. It must have been a great temptation. Revere is fine. Love to Sister Susan.


Date: 
April 25, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Meyer, Adolf
Abstract: 

Osler is sorry to hear that Meyer's mother has been ill. He thinks the Phipps' plan is a splendid one. He mentions Krepelin, Mott and MacDougall. Osler will speak at Yale and visit the Johns Hopkins in the Fall. He does not think that Cushing could have refused the Harvard position, but it will be a great loss for Baltimore.


Date: 
April 25, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler had a good journey home. He enjoyed his visit, and hopes that they had a good trip to Divonne. He has asked Velter to send the Lenotte sketches, which will interest him. He received the Frick Report.


Date: 
April 25, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Myer, Jesse
Abstract: 

The plate must be at the Johns Hopkins Press, as it appeared originally in the Bulletin. Osler will send the introduction (for the Beaumont's book) by the middle of June. Love to Dock. Civilities.


Date: 
April 25, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Phipps, Henry
Abstract: 

Osler is back from the Tuberculosis Congress in Rome, where he met interesting men and heard a number a valuable papers. Glad to have his introduction to Gerald Webb. Good comments on the latter. Professor Meyer wrote him to express his interest in Phipps' suggestion of asking a number of the leading European specialists to participate at the opening of the Phipps Psychological Institute. Meyer suggests names. Found his letter regarding the setting of the date of the opening. There is no hurry in settling. Osler being at Yale in October would only like to kill two birds with one stone if possible. He asks Phipps to let them know when they are coming in England. Civilities.


Date: 
April 25, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Tyson, James
Abstract: 

Osler is glad to have the story of the Medical Club of 19. He deplores the death of Musser who died from angina. It is a disease of doctors. Mentions Revere's pneumonia. They have been away in Italy and have just returned. He asks Tyson if he is coming this summer. Civilities.


Date: 
April 25, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
White, James William
Abstract: 

Osler gives details on Revere's pneumonia. He mentions trip to Italy. Will ask about the other photograph, of which Miss Garrett had several done. He asks White to let him know if they come in England. Civilities. Deplores John Musser' death. Asks if he has a good photo of the Sargent picture.


Date: 
April 29, 1912
From: 
Neligan, A.R.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Neligan has just received a copy of Avicenna's "Qanoun," a 500 to 600 year old Arabic medical text, which he offers to sell to Osler. Incl. ms. notes.


Date: 
May 1, 1912
From: 
Osler, Edward Revere
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Revere sends Jacobs photos of the wall-carvings at St. Mark's and of the staircase of the palace of the Doges.


Date: 
May 1, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Meyer, Adolf
Abstract: 

Osler is glad that Musser thinks that the opening should not take place until the Clinic is in order. Late next Spring would be far enough advanced. He supposes that it would be possible to arrange the course so that the man could take Meyer's clinics which will be attractive to many practitioners in the town. The outlook is fascinating, and would like to have a chat about his plans next Fall. Civilities.


Date: 
May 3, 1912
From: 
Madan, Falconer
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Madan informs Osler that he has been elected with unanimity into the fraternity of the oldest senior Club at Oxford. Details on the election and on the days the Club meet. Internal details on this group. Civilities.


Date: 
May 12, 1912
From: 
Doyne, Robert
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Doyne is sorry that he could not formally announce the time of his resignation of the Readership at the last meeting. It was not a suitable occasion for it. He held on the post this Summer to suit the convenience of the University in the matter of the Diploma course. He was not prepared for all that followed. As requested by Osler, he informed him that he will resign after this term.


Date: 
May 14, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Margoliouth, D.S.
Abstract: 

Osler is glad that Margoliouth has agreed to speak about Avicenna before the Persia Society. Osler requests information on the writings of Maimonides. He regrets that he cannot attend the meeting of the Standing Committee, as he must be at the Royal Commission in London.


Date: 
May 15, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Barker, Lewellys Franklin
Abstract: 

Osler comments on the situation at Harvard; he hopes that Mall will not go. He is glad that Remsen has resigned. Osler is delighted to hear that the fund for Miss Bonner reached a good sum. He wishes that he was to be at Dublin, but Christian tells him that Thayer is coming. Barker and Muller have been asked to open the arthritis discussion at the Congress in England. Details about their choice and on the subject they have to talk about. Mention of their holiday in Italy and news of Revere. Civilities.


Date: 
May 18, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Nixon, John Alexander
Abstract: 

Osler asks Nixon the date of the Mesue of the Bristol Library. He also asks if Nixon has any other early medical incunabula before 1480.


Date: 
May 21, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Tyson, James
Abstract: 

Osler is sure he acknowledged the receipt of his textbook, which was interesting and useful for the new edition of his. Revere was delighted with the fishing book, and had written to him. He is sorry to give up his active membership of their old association but he had not attended to any meeting for three years. Kind comments about Tyson's implication in the club. Revere is well again. They are having a busy summer. Civilities.


Date: 
May 23, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler writes his opinion on the price of a first edition of "De Trinitate." Glad that Mrs. Jacobs is better. They are having a very busy season. Christian was there with four of his young friends last week; he is enthusiastic about the Boston prospectus. He hopes that they will not secure Mall, as he would be a very serious loss. Civilities.


Date: 
May 29, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Nixon, John Alexander
Abstract: 

Osler found Nixon's talk interesting. He asks Nixon if he got an estimate for the Dover tablet. Fergusson has written to say how sorry he was not to be with them. Civilities.


Date: 
May 29, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Klebs, Arnold Carl
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Klebs for the slip from Olschki, which is interesting but expensive. He is glad Klebs is working at the inoculation. He gives the reference of Fitz who has recently dealt with it in his sketch of Boylston in the Johns Hopkins Bulletin.


Date: 
June 2, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Shepherd, Francis John
Abstract: 

Osler is sorry about Robert's death. They were good friends. He is glad that Cecil is better. He reports that Elliot Galt is all right after the operation, and discusses his case. Sharkey will see Galt. Civilities. He thanks Shepherd for the apples.


Date: 
June 3, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thomas, Henry Mills
Abstract: 

Osler had a delightful trip in Italy. He mentions Revere's interest for photography and sketching. His chief occupation at school appear to be cricket and fishing. They are having a busy summer term. Thanks for looking over the aphasia section. Hopes that he will receive a copy of the new edition before the first of August. Glad that Hal and Trudeau are doing well. Hal should make a very good medical student. Glad that Thayer decided not to go to Harvard, where there would have been many difficulties. Mall would be foolish to go. Remsen wrote him and it seems that he has not been happy in the presidency. It is unwise to take a new job when a man is above 50. Osler will go to Scotland for August, and will sail for Canada in the middle of September, for the lecture at Yale.


Date: 
June 5, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler writes that his edition of the "De Trinitatis" (Servetus) has the single hyphen and the mis-spelt word. He will slip his letter in his copy. Wished to secure a 1478 Celsus for the Library of the Royal Society of Medicine, but Quaritch told him he has a very high bid for it. Civilities. He mentions that he had been going over the Bodley incunabula, which is an extraordinary collection.


Date: 
June 10, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brockbank, E.M.
Abstract: 

Osler compliments Brockbank on his children's books and looks forward to reading his blood plate article.


Date: 
June 10, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Wright, Adam H.
Abstract: 

Osler writes that they had suggested Watson for a job. He does not have anyone in mind at present. He comments on the job (probably the professorship of obstetrics in Toronto). He asks Wright if there is not any Canadian fellow trained by Edgar or Williams who might go for a time as associate. He suggests to take an outside man if there is no Canadian. Haultain is coming next week in Oxford to examine. Osler will ask him quietly, without mentioning names or places. He hopes to see Wright in September. Civilities.


Date: 
June 12, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McEachran, Duncan
Abstract: 

Osler asks for McEachran's news. He mentions that he hopes to be in Montreal for a few days in September. Civilities.


Date: 
June 15, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Klebs, Arnold Carl
Abstract: 

Osler writes to Klebs concerning the opportunity to buy Pagel's Library. He would like to induce Marburg to buy the books for the Johns Hopkins University. He had written to Sudhoff asking him to send him the catalogue, and if there was any hurry, he would cable Marburg or Welch to see Sudhoff. Comments about a Spanish item on Syphilis (Diaz de Isla, "el Male Serpentino," Sevilla, 1542. Kind comments on Sudhoff with whom he wishes to spend a week and visit the Institute. Mentions that he got a fine 1478 Celsus of which he has a copy that he will hand over to one of the libraries.


Date: 
June 15, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Meyer, Adolf
Abstract: 

Letter referring the opening address that he will have to make for the Phipps Psychiatric Clinic. Osler could arrange for the date mentioned, during the second half of April. He will talk to Phipps while he is in London at the end of the month. He is shocked at the thought of giving the general opening address. He supposes it would please Phipps, for whom he has a warm affection. The work "general" would let him out of any psychiatric association. He will try to get precise information from Phipps and will let him know.


Date: 
June 17, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Klebs, Arnold Carl
Abstract: 

Osler asks Klebs to send him the catalogue. It might be worth getting for the Johns Hopkins Medical School.

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