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Letters dated 1917


Date: 
January 2, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. The report of the Committee which sat on Bruce's report is out. Jones is upheld and Bruce is to go.


Date: 
January 2, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Pleadwell, Frank L.
Abstract: 

Osler knows Bastianelli well, good comments about the latter. Encloses a letter of introduction. Bastianelli's brother is a pathologist. Mentions that there is an Anglo-Italian unit somewhere in charge of Bovell of Rome. Wishes that he could go with him. Greetings and best wishes for 1917.


Date: 
January 3, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Copy of a newspaper clipping. "Colonel Bruce Makes Apology" H.A. Bruce was forced to apologize after his report falsely accused Colonel Donald Armour of wrongly performing an operation. Bruce claimed that he was misled by a subordinate officer.


Date: 
January 4, 1917
From: 
Jones, Gen. G.C.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Jones thanks Osler for all his help in clearing up the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair.


Date: 
January 4, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. MacAlister told him in London what a help Osler was in amalgamating the medical societies of London after the death of Andrew Clarke.


Date: 
January 5, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler is much better (was in bed with a cold). Has came down to breakfast this morning.


Date: 
January 6, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Delavan, D. Bryson
Abstract: 

(Extract from a letter written to Cushing April 24th, 1920 from Delavan.) Nice to hear from him. These are hard days, but they are keeping up their courage. No one is ready for peace here except a few cranks. Wishes that he could make a visit to America but it is impossible. He is so tired and bound with many things. Mentions Revere who is 21 and in the artillery on the Ancre. Good comments about the latter. He has 22 members of his family in service for Canada. Mentions that the American sympathy and support are greatly appreciated in England. - The rest of the letter concerns a a student, Arthur Jackson in which Delavan is interested and would like Cushing to meet him.


Date: 
January 9, 1917
From: 
Macdonald, Margaret
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Macdonald extends her gratitude to Osler for helping Gen. G.C. Jones, who has now returned to his post as Director of Medical Services.


Date: 
January 10, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Clipping from "the Medical Press and Circular," vol. 154, no. 2, [23]-24. Article entitled "At the Periphery" discusses the fate of war doctors on their return from the front after peace is declared.


Date: 
January 10, 1917
From: 
Osler, Edward Revere
To: 
Osler, Grace Revere
Abstract: 

Revere and the other men in his battery have enjoyed the mince pies Grace had sent to the trenches. He describes the two days he spent away from his battery with the infantry men.


Date: 
January 11, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Nuttall, Carmelita
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Mrs. Nuttall and compliments the photo that she sent. Invites her to come again to learn poems. Mentions her brother Winfred's visit. Details on the latter's lecture. Details on Winfred's knee which is improving.


Date: 
January 11, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Garrison, Fielding Hudson
Abstract: 

The case of the Elizabeth touch-piece was held up, but he will send Osler through the Embassy. Mentions Rogers Buccomanie and of Kirke. Mentions his bronchitis. Asks Garrison to thank Klebs for his incunabula list. Will write to him. He is still struggling with his paper (on early printed medical books). Word about the setting of his library. Best wishes for 1917. P.S. Revere is in the Ancre, so they are anxious.


Date: 
January 12, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Abbott, Maude E.
Abstract: 

Osler compliments Maude Abbott on her work. He reports that all goes well, and that he has had bronchitis and is keeping quiet.


Date: 
January 12, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Abbott, Maude E.
Abstract: 

Osler compliments Maude Abbott on her work. He reports that all goes well, and that he has had bronchitis and is keeping quiet.


Date: 
January 15, 1917
From: 
Elder, J.M.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Elder writes of the Commission, which looked into H.A. Bruce's poor handling of the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair. Gen. G.C. Jones has returned to his post as Director of Medical Services.


Date: 
January 16, 1917
From: 
Perley, George H.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Perley sends Osler a copy of the Report of the Board of Officers on the Canadian Army Medical Service.


Date: 
January 17, 1917
From: 
Neligan, A.R.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

At the request of Sa'eed Khan, Neligan sends a copy of "Kannash" by Avicenna. Neligan describes the effects the war has had on Iran and writes of medical cases.


Date: 
January 17, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Andras, Gwendolyn Francis
Abstract: 

Details about a cheque that he sent her and which was never presented at the Bank. Hopes they are all well. Love to Little Auntie and the darlings. Mentions his cold. Word about Revere. He has not seen May for weeks. Charlie is an instructor at Hythe. Her sister is doing splendidly at Beechborough. Hopes she got Munitions work , but enjoins her to not do too much. Love to the Bankeress. Suggests she invest in munitions earnings.


Date: 
January 17, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Shepherd, Francis John
Abstract: 

Osler confirms that the apples came. Asks Shepherd to tell his son Ernest to come when on leave. Revere is on the Ancre in the artillery. Mentions his bronchitis. Comments on the War Committee Report. Glad that Jones is back. Bruce is furious about it. Mentions Sharkey and Sherry.


Date: 
January 20, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler sends Jacobs through the embassy a cast of the Elizabethan touch-piece. Brett-Smith has written the enclosed account (piece attached). Will send one to Storer. He has not seen anything special of late. News of Revere. The peace prospects are nil. Susan Chapin is with them. Mentions his bronchitis. Civilities. Sad about Mrs. Frick's death.- Information about the Elizabethan touch-piece, which comes from the Harington family. Biographic details on John Harington of Kelston and description of the touch-piece.


Date: 
January 22, 1917
From: 
Jones, Gen. G.C.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Jones will take up a new post as Inspector. Foster will take over for him as Director of Medical Services. Jones will go to Canada for two months.


Date: 
January 24, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thayer, William Sydney
Abstract: 

Osler is delighted with the book they sent him for Christmas. Deplores Woodrow Wilson's mistake about the peace. Rejoiced on how Abraham Lincoln is quoted in England. Gives his position on the peace. Mentions his bronchitis. News of Revere. Best Wishes for 1917.


Date: 
January 25, 1917
From: 
Jones, Gen. G.C.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Jones requests that Osler retract his resignation as consultant to the Canadian Medical Hospitals now that the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair has been cleared up.


Date: 
January 26, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Shoecraft, Page's secretary
Abstract: 

Osler asks Shoecraft to thank Page for the copy of his letter to Raney. Would like to know if a personal appeal to Balfour would be in order, as he could make it. Balfour, a bookish man would sympathize with their friends in the American Universities.


Date: 
January 26, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Charlton, Margaret E.
Abstract: 

Osler writes kind words about her work at the Library. Will send a few prints and a book-worm plate to frame for the library. Asks her to go to Britnell's and get for him Bovell's "Natural Theology", "Steps to the Altar" and "The Advent". His library grows and is now catalogued and shelf marked. News of Revere. Greetings to the Academy and congratulations to the President, John Ferguson.


Date: 
January 26, 1917
From: 
Wood, Horatio C.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Biographical note on George B. Wood. As executor, Wood could only get hold of one or two copies of the book; and does not remember giving one to Osler, but says that it was a strong testimony of the high esteem he had for him. Details on his health. Prays that Revere may escape. Commentary on the Kaiser and on Woodrow Wilson. Lincoln's quotation. Comments on the re-election of Wilson. On the back of this letter, Grace Osler's remark: "This man was born a good Quaker".


Date: 
January 26, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacCaskill, Miss
Abstract: 

Osler is sorry that she is still below par. Colonel Maurice wrote her that he regrets that Miss MacCaskill's health does not seem to be fit to the duties of an active nurse. Asks her if an Anaesthesia job would be better. Penhallow could perhaps take her at the American Hospital in Paignton. Mentions the opposition in England to nurses giving anaesthesia.


Date: 
January 28, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Pratt, Joseph Hersey
Abstract: 

Osler compliments Pratt on the record. Mentions that Pratt has omitted one element, his own personality. Confides to him that faith counts for so much with these cases. The personal supervision and care is all important and not taking too many cases. Will speak of his results at the annual meeting of the Oxford County Association (Tuberculosis). Comments on the gout papers and on the incidence of the disease. Discussion about the cases of gout with tophi. All well. Hopes to see Revere in rest billets. Civilities.


Date: 
January 28, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Shastid, Thomas Hall
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Shastid for his Oph-Jurisprudence. Good comments on it. Wishes that he would have made an index. Was looking for the cases where Proudfoot took out the wrong eye.


Date: 
January 30, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Adami, John George
Abstract: 

Osler writes that everyone is glad that Jones has returned to his post as Director of Medical Services after the Canadian Army Medical Corps affair. He understands that H.A. Bruce and S. Hughes are furious with him. He writes of Revere's movements with the Army.

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