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Letters dated 1916


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, 1916
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
White, James William
Abstract: 

Lady Osler expresses her worry and sympathy regarding White's illness. She hopes he will be well enough to attend Mr. Wilson's wedding.


Date: 
January 1, 1916
From: 
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Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Went to Oxford. W.W. Francis and Campbell Gwyn were there. The McGill Unit will return to Camiers. Osler is better.


Date: 
January 2, 1916
From: 
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Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Grace related the inquest and funeral of Wesley Mills.


Date: 
January 4, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
White, James William
Abstract: 

(On train). Osler is worried not to have a line on how White is. Hopes he is convalescing. Mentions on Henry James receiving the Order of Merit, the greatest literary distinction in England. Mrs. Asquith was asking for White. His marcian mind made a great impression on the politicians. Wishes that he and Roosevelt would be in the Cabinet. Word about his cold. Revere has been home, now joins the No.3 Field Ambulance, north of Hazebrouck. Mentions the money and the food they received from Canada and the USA for Christmas. Details about their Christmas. Today, he has been gassing to the Public School masters on rearranging the science work. He is now on his way to Liverpool. Best wishes for 1916.


Date: 
January 5, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Tyson, James
Abstract: 

(On train) New Year's greetings. Things are looking hopeful and the country is settling for a long war. Osler is busy and sees lots of interest. Mentions the nervous cases, the para-typhoid coming from France and from the East, and the Dysentery cases coming from the Dardanelles. Word about his weeks in France at the Canadian Hospital. Gwyn is at No. 3 with Finley. Revere who has been with the McGill Unit as Orderly Officer of Birkett, is now with the No 3 Field Ambulance near to Ypres. Mentions Revere's inheritance from his father's peaceful disposition. He loathes everything about the war. Revere loves books and literature. Civilities.


Date: 
January 5, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Reid, Whitelaw Mrs.
Abstract: 

(Postcard showing hospital ward at Christmas). Osler writes to Mrs. Reid that all goes well here. The staff is working smoothly and the Hospital is in good order. Greetings for 1916.


Date: 
January 6, 1916
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Chapin, Susan Revere
Abstract: 

Lady Osler thanks Chapin for her generous donations and contributions to the war-effort. She laments the loss of soldiers on two ships, the Natal and the Persia. Campbell, Bill, and Archie have been to visit at Oxford. Campbell Howard has been relieved and will soon return home to Montreal. Osler has a hectic consultation schedule. They have had good news of Revere. Jack Osler will go to Egypt.


Date: 
January 7, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

(Card) Osler writes that all goes well here. Love to Kate and the children.


Date: 
January 8, 1916
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Grace met him at the train station. The McGill Unit will go back to Bologne. Osler has been to Paignton. He fell on the tiled floor and hurt his left great trochanter.


Date: 
January 9, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler sends MacAlister the 1916 reprint of his 8th edition.


Date: 
January 9, 1916
From: 
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Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Penhallow is there from Paignton. Anecdote of Osler faking to amuse Charlie and Johnnie Max Muller. Mentions Osler's paper before the science masters. He quoted William Petty who had splendid views on teaching and scientific education. He has got Mayow's "Observations on Respiration". Allusion to Descartes recognizing Harvey. Went to the Wrights for tea. Osler talked more than he ever did about the war. Gives his opinion on war. It will be won by the English Navy. Reflections on civilization. Opinion on how USA would be if Germany won the war. Differences between democracy in USA and in England. Mentions his doings with rich politicians in New York. Mentions the Headlines in the newspapers in USA relating his opinion. Osler wrote 40 letters and cards that morning. Note on Sudhoff's very kind reference to Osler in his edition of "Geschichte der Medezin".


Date: 
January 9, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Streilik, E.C.
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Streilik his greetings. England, nor the Allies or the USA wish to have a speedy peace. Will have to fight to the finish Kaizerdom. Greetings for 1916.


Date: 
January 12, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Fisher, Charles Perry
Abstract: 

Osler would like to donate to the Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia a rare copy of Sydenham's "Observationes Medicae," 1676.


Date: 
January 12, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

(Postcard). Osler comments on someone he called the old scoundrel. Mentions that it is strange not having heard from Norman Moore.


Date: 
January 12, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Streeter, Edward Clark
Abstract: 

Osler asks Streeter where his Aristotle paper is. This information is to add in a brief bibliography of recent articles dealing with Greek science and medicine, in a new edition of "de Nat. Facultatibus". Tries to induce him to take a year off to work in the Science-History room at the Bodley. He is still struggling with his incunabula paper. Joking about the fact that he is conducting an job agency for Doctors and nurses in the war hospitals. He is working at his own library at spare moments. Love to Cushing and best wishes for 1916.


Date: 
January 12, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler remarks that it is strange not to have heard from Norman Moore.


Date: 
January 12, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler remarks that it is strange not to have heard from Norman Moore.


Date: 
January 13, 1916
From: 
Fletcher, Walter Morley
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Fletcher reports that he had the Bibliomania 1st Edition printed at Warrington. Letter found in fly leaf of Osler's copy of "The Bibliomania, An Epistle..." Additional notes by Osler found in same volume dated January 16, 1916.


Date: 
January 13, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler sends on Moore's letter. Asks Malloch to go see him.


Date: 
January 13, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler encloses Moore's letter, and encourages Malloch to go see him.


Date: 
January 13, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler encloses Moore's letter, and encourages Malloch to go see him.


Date: 
January 15, 1916
From: 
To: 
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Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Deplores that Norman Moore was not elected President. Osler's, Rolleston's, and Allbutt's votes would have done it, but they were not able to be present. Osler thinks that the fact that Moore is an Royal College man could have had something to do with the results. Osler talked to him and Kenny about old cases.


Date: 
January 16, 1916
From: 
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Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Cases at Somerville, Radcliffe and at Wingfield. Osler exhibited Taliacotius book on plastic operations on nose. Mentions anecdote told by Osler to him and Kenny about old times in Montreal. Mentions Mrs. McIntyre at the Maternity Hospital. Story of Weir Mitchell's patient who threw her arms about Osler's neck.


Date: 
January 16, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thayer, William Sydney
Abstract: 

Osler is sorry that Sister Susan is still ill. Love to her. Asks Thayer if anything being done in USA about the C. memorial. Sends him a copy of a circular. Suggests he have it translated and to make an appeal in the Journal of the American Medical Association. He has done it successfully with the Lancet. He is busy. Mentions cases of Para-A. Is going to Liverpool to see W. Johnston.


Date: 
January 17, 1916
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Chapin, Susan Revere
Abstract: 

Osler maintains a hectic consultation schedule and is currently in Liverpool. Lady Osler has heard little from Revere. She relates news of the Emmons, the two Marions, cousin Etta and Martin, and Philip Osler. Adèle has approached Osler about publishing Babs's poems. Campbell and Ottilie sail back to Quebec with 40 disabled military men. Ramsay Wright got an appointment in Munitions in Newcastle. Lady Osler thanks Chapin for helping Maude Abbott and comments on Abbott's loyal soul.


Date: 
January 22, 1916
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. He went to Oxford.


Date: 
January 23, 1916
From: 
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Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Bob Emmons came to lunch, and Osler showed and gave him a few of the Walt Whitman things on which Emmons had also bid. Adami came for lunch, and they all went to the Christ Church Library, Gunther and the Dean showed them the old scientific instruments. They had many people for tea. They dined at Christ Church, the Rev. Holland was there.


Date: 
January 26, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Ogden, Henry Vining
Abstract: 

Osler answers Ogden's letter of December 15th. They had a desolate Christmas with Revere away, but Harry Wright's daughters with their families are in Oxford for Winter. Good comments on them. Campbell Howard married one of them. He had to go back to Iowa City. Mentions the problems of the McGill Unit. Revere is leaving them to join a regiment, as there was not enough for him to do. Mentions Revere's taste for literature and books. Details about the fire in the dining-room. Invites him to spend a month in Oxford next summer. He is busy and wishes to have more time for literary work. He is struggling with his article on Early Printed Medical Books. He is getting his library classified. Civilities.


Date: 
January 26, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Reid, Whitelaw Mrs.
Abstract: 

Osler encloses a letter from Keogh. The Authorities at Washington must ask. Asks her if he should write to Gorgas or Wood. Sends Mrs. Reid a list of Medical School Libraries to which it would be nice to send copies of the autobiography. Offers to write a little slip to enclose in each volume. Arrangements to see her tomorrow for lunch.

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