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Letters dated 1915


Date: 
April 5, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Archibald E.
Abstract: 

Osler will send the letter about Wallace with his endorsement. Has good work from Archie. Mentions that he is back from Paignton. They are all very busy. Revere is happy at the Cliveden Hospital, waiting for the McGill Unit.


Date: 
January 1, 1915
From: 
Leighton, J. & J.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Leighton responds to Osler's inquiry into Johann Schall. Letter pasted in Osler's copy of Johann Schall's "Eusebius Historia Ecclesiastica," 1479. Incl. ms. notes.


Date: 
January 4, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Friedenwald, Harry
Abstract: 

Osler is glad that Friedenwald liked his paper before the Jewish Historical Society. Mentions a joke upon him. Informs him that there is a young fellow working at the Bodleian at an unpublished manuscript of Maimonides. They are hopeful. Deplores the sadness it causes to those who have many warm friends in Germany. Civilities.


Date: 
January 4, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Fabyan, Marshal
Abstract: 

Osler will be delighted to send a message for the dinner to Theobald Smith. Optimistic remarks about war. Civilities.


Date: 
January 4, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Mabel Brewster for her gift. Asks her if she ever read Lucians Dialogues. Revere is leaving college and going into the University and Public School Regiment. Mentions that he hates to have him go, and deplores that his training in Oxford is interrupted. Sends her a proof of his bookplate with his own design. Explains that he is still waiting until he find someone who can put in a moderate space something distinctive of the four Universities with which he has been connected. Mentions that he has been talking with 600 soldiers on health, camp, and field. Sends her a proof of a letter to the Journal of the Medical Association. Civilities.


Date: 
January 4, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

Osler is delighted that the McGill Unit has been accepted. If he gets into a typhoid district, he will come as a Super-Colonel and Campbell's Assistant. Thanks him for offering to take Revere as his orderly. Asks him to let him know if it would be worth while speaking to Keogh. Mentions that there has been great slackness during the past month. They have not been pressed in Oxford not at the American Hospital. It has been hard for the soldiers at the Salisbury Camp because or the rain and the mud. Finley and Ellis has been there. They have brought cerebro-spinal meningitis of which there have been about 30 cases. Civilities.


Date: 
January 4, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Parfitt, Charles Daniel
Abstract: 

Osler mentions that they are very busy. Grace is looking after the Belgian professors. He is working in the hospitals. Revere, who has been in the Officer's Training Corps, is now going into the Universities and Public Schools Regiment. Mentions that he is following in his footsteps in a love for books. Osler's library grows apace, his brother Edmund Boyd has given money for that purpose. Civilities.


Date: 
January 5, 1915
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Chapin, Susan Revere
Abstract: 

Lady Osler writes of John McLennan's engagement. Revere has made a decision to do some ambulance work and has been advised to join the Public School Corps. She would like Revere to join Campbell at the McGill College Hospital. Revere has had to leave Christ Church and has little choice but to join the war.


Date: 
January 5, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Milburn, Edward F.
Abstract: 

Osler is glad Milburn's eyes are better. Mentions that they had a busy Christmas. They had rain. Optimistic remarks about war, as Germany has not yet finished with Belgium. News of Revere who has been in the Training Corps and is now joining the Universities and Public Schools Regiment. Civilities.


Date: 
January 6, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler sends MacAlister White's brochure, with an enclosure. Induces him to write to the latter. Mentions that White has been also collecting 5000$ for the Belgian Professors Fund in Oxford. Asks him if he had paid his five instalments of the subscription. New Year Greetings.


Date: 
January 6, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thayer, William Sydney
Abstract: 

Greetings for the New Year. Jack McCrae, Campbell Gwyn, and one of his nephews with two friends were there for Christmas. Details of the Christmas in the wards of the Examination Schools. They do not have many serious cases and no typhoid. Archibald Malloch who visited them for Christmas said there were nearly 3000 cases in the Dunkirk district. The country is doing well and they are optimistic as the Germans are still in Belgium. American sympathy, moral and pecuniary, are very appreciated in England. Civilities.


Date: 
January 6, 1915
From: 
Galt, Muriel
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Mrs. Richmond, a friend of Murial Galt and a graduate of the Glasgow Royal Infirmary, and she have sent application to Depage's Hospital at La Paune, as they want to work nearer the Front. They had been in the South, nursing at Dinan where they have been treated very well. Murial asks Osler to send a good word for them to Malloch, as they want to stay together. Asks him if he had seen Elliott before he sailed. Hopes that Stewart Tupper is better. Thanks and Civilities.


Date: 
January 6, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Osler is sorry not to have seen Cushing's exhibit. Sorry in a way that Heger asked for postponement, as Spielmann has his material ready. They are not doing very much at the Historical Section. They will do this month a big book exhibit on the subject of naval and military hygiene. Glad that he will come to work. Thinks that they would be delighted to have him in the American Hospital in Paris. Mentions that they did not have many interesting cases in neurology. Hopes that the Government will open a special hospital for neurological cases. The frost bites are interesting, details about them. He has been really active in buying books for his library, owing to Edmund Boyd Osler's generosity. The last book he got in 1914, is the Aldine Aristotle, 1495. Comments on Revere's bookplate. The latter joins the Universities and Public Schools Regiment. Birkett and Campbell Howard are anxious for him to join the McGill Contingent. Deplores that his studies have been interrupted. He has found himself and will be happy in the literature course. Civilities.


Date: 
January 6, 1915
From: 
Galt, Muriel
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Galt requests that Osler puts in a good word with Dr. Malloch at Dr. Depagi's hospital at La Paune, where she and a friend wish to work. She asks if Osler saw Elliott before he sailed, and thanks Osler in advance.


Date: 
January 6, 1915
From: 
Galt, Muriel
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Galt requests that Osler puts in a good word with Dr. Malloch at Dr. Depagi's hospital at La Paune, where she and a friend wish to work. She asks if Osler saw Elliott before he sailed, and thanks Osler in advance.


Date: 
January 7, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Klebs, Arnold Carl
Abstract: 

It is a hopeless job to think of getting any truth between the two sides. Hostile remarks about the editors. Osler mentions that he seems to have been fortunate in Belgium. In England, they had very different stories told them by Americans who were there, and from the Belgian professors and doctors who gave first-hand ghastly stories. Glad to hear of Sudhoff and Muller. Discussions about how long will the war last. Thinks that the question is how long before the Germans and the Americans will fight against each other. Invites him to visit him if he comes to England.


Date: 
January 7, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
McGuire, Edward
Abstract: 

Osler thanks McGuire for his letter. Encouraged by the strong feeling in America for the Allies. Optimistic comments on the new army. Glad that the Germans are still fighting in Belgium. Mentions the 21 Belgian Professors in Oxford who are largely supported by American money. Revere has been in the Officers Training Corps. He is now 19 and will either apply for a commission or will accept an offer from a Canadian Unit. There will be ten members of his family serving. Civilities.


Date: 
January 9, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler sends Malloch a letter from Muriel Galt, the daughter of Sir A.T., and a cousin of Frank Shepherd's. Good comments about her. She is anxious to work at his hospital. Glad of the offer received by Revere to join Birkett's Contingent. Sent off Malloch's letter and is waiting for others. It will make an interesting series. Civilities.


Date: 
January 9, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler encloses a letter from Muriel Galt (P107.11), and reports that Revere has received an offer to join Birkett's contingent.


Date: 
January 9, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler encloses a letter from Muriel Galt (P107.11), and reports that Revere has received an offer to join Birkett's contingent.


Date: 
January 11, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Andras, Gwendolyn Francis
Abstract: 

Osler hopes she is better and her children are well. Amused by the stories Maizie told him about the children. Surprised of Jim's marriage. Mentions that they are all hard at work for the soldiers. Sorry for them because of the rainy winter. Asks her to write to him. Civilities.


Date: 
January 12, 1915
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Chapin, Susan Revere
Abstract: 

Lady Osler asks for information about Miss Danielson, who has made donations for the Belgian refugees. She has handed over the accounts to Ramsay Wright, as she no longer wants any mental responsibility for the refugees.


Date: 
January 13, 1915
From: 
Osler, Edward Revere
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

(Cable). Revere is delighted (by his offer to join the McGill Unit). Asks Birkett what training advisable. In meantime, he will remain in the Officers Training Corps in Oxford until they come.


Date: 
January 14, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
White, James William
Abstract: 

Osler enclosed a nice review from the Spectator. Stratchey was delighted with his book. Hopes he has got a publisher in England, though Stratchey said they are rather fed up with war items. Thanks for the Replier-White pamphlet. Compliments on it. Asks him for copies to give to the papers and to his friends. Mentions that he had been away for a week at the Canadian Hospital in Folkestone and at the Canadian Camp Salisbury Plain. He was investigating an outbreak of cerebrospinal meningitis. The weather has been awful. There are floods all over the country. Civilities.


Date: 
January 15, 1915
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Revere, Ned
Abstract: 

Lady Osler is thankful for the donations made by Miss Danielson for the Belgian refugees. Revere and Osler make arrangements for Revere's future in the Army. They would like Revere to join Campbell Howard in the McGill Unit, which will establish a hospital in France.


Date: 
January 15, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Editor of the Times
Abstract: 

(Letter to the London Times, January 15, 1915, p.9,d.) "INOCULATION AGAINST TYPHOID-AN APPEAL TO SOLDIERS".


Date: 
January 16, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Birkett, Herbert Stanley
Abstract: 

(Cable). Osler is waiting for a letter with instructions.


Date: 
January 16, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Adami, John George
Abstract: 

He cannot get away in time for the examiners tomorrow. Barlow wrote him that Adami and Jones have been asked to attend. Advises him to put it hot. Power must be given to clear out the women and segregate them until well. The police are helpless.


Date: 
January 18, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Tyson, James
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Tyson for his addresses. Good comments about them. Civilities.


Date: 
January 17-19, 1915
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Chapin, Susan Revere
Abstract: 

Lady Osler writes of the devastating effect the war has had on Oxford. Revere will remain in College and in the Training Corps until they hear further news. Lady Osler has joined the board of the Red Cross. Robert Bacon visited at Oxford. She writes of her continued efforts to help Belgian refugees. Osler is very busy helping in the war-effort. She relates news of family and friends.

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