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Letters dated 1917


Date: 
January 30, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler written for an interview with Balfour that MacAlister and he could state the case of the American Libraries. Page had no objection to it. Suggests he write a short statement or send Raney's statements before.


Date: 
January 30, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Blackader, Alexander Dougall
Abstract: 

Osler is glad that they have decided to hold the Canadian Medical Association, does not approve the lapse. Will ask Russell and others to send papers. Malloch and Mayo have wonderful specimens of heart. The British Medical Journal has all the references to the articles published in the Insurance act and in the Medical Profession. Comments on the Research Committee. Regrets not to have seen his wife, but he was hard pressed and troubled over the CAMC business. Realizes how their heart must ache. Mentions Revere. The latter keeps well, but the worst is still to come. Will remember the memorial library. Civilities.


Date: 
January, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Streeter, Edward Clark
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Streeter for his Christmas cable. Hopes he received the booklet on Galen or on Theophrastus he sent. Reflections on knowing of the old Greeks. Reference to Livingston's Plea for Greek in Education. Asks him to find him the second half of 1846 of the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. He wants it for his Anaesthesia section. Will send him at the end of January an illustration of book-worms for framing. The Science room at the Bodley grows, deplores Singer's absence.


Date: 
February 1, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Ogden, Henry Vining
Abstract: 

Osler asks Ogden to send the paper of Farmer for the Quarterly Journal of Medicine. Garrod is away in Malta. Compassion for the death of Garrod's sons. Revere will be back in rest. Mentions that his cold was pure pneumococci.


Date: 
February 1, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Blumer, George Alder
Abstract: 

Osler will pass on Blumer's message to Sanday who is a dear friend at Christ Church. The latter is hard hit by the war. Had cheery letters from Hurd. Hopes that the condition may not be as bad as it looked at first. Asks him to send another copy of the Field Poem for Sayle. Hopeful comments on the war.


Date: 
February 1, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Hemmeter, John Cohn
Abstract: 

(Postcard). Osler thanks Hemmeter for the Haller references. Glad to hear that he is getting out his collected Historical papers. Thomas Young was an extraordinary genius. He gave a lecture on him at St. George's Hospital ten years ago. States that England has produced no one to equal Harvey in their profession.


Date: 
February 1, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Bowditch, Harold
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Bowditch for having sent him two editions so much needed. Mentions that his Holmes collection is growing. Civilities. All well here but they are anxious about Revere who is on the Ancre.


Date: 
February 3, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler has been angelic, only been twice or three times to London.


Date: 
February 6, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Hurd, Henry Mills
Abstract: 

Mentions that the action of the USA absorbs all attention here. Thinks that a little tightening of the English waist-band will do no one any harm. Should like to see the plans of the Hurd Library. Should like to have been able to leave his collection to the School (Johns Hopkins), but it seems more appropriate to give it to McGill, where it is much needed. Mentions that he has part of the medical work and medical teaching written and will get the rest finished before long. Agrees that chapters written by heads of the departments will be of special interest. News of Revere who is back on rest billets. They may hope for a decision one way or the other before the end of the 3rd year, but Germany is not beaten yet. Comments on the Germans. Civilities.


Date: 
February 7, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Nixon, John Alexander
Abstract: 

Osler is sorry to hear that there are enough self-inflicted injuries to have a separate camp. Comments on Creech. (Answer to Nixon who was enquiring on Creech's translation of Lucretius). P.S. 1The two New-England women are rejoicing in the news from the USA . P.S.2 Explains that Lucretius comes in his Bibliotheca prima for his vision and for the atomic presentation and for his view in de Rerum Naturum.


Date: 
February 10, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler sends MacAlister a letter enclosed from the Foreign Office, which has made up his mind. No matter as the new development will stop all communication and there should be a declaration of war.


Date: 
February 17, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Coy, George J.
Abstract: 

Oselr gives Coy advice against urging Miss Oppenheimar and Miss Richter to go abroad before finishing their medical studies. Explains that they can utilize all the young graduates who want to come, but expects by the time it reaches him, that they will be making arrangements to join the US army.


Date: 
February 17, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler comments kindly on the advance copy of Finch and Baines which came. Congratulates Malloch. Sure it will have a warm reception. Comments about it. Gunther, of Magdalen, found several items of interest and took notes. Malloch's father will be delighted. Will see to a good review in the Lancet and in the Canadian Medical Journal. Will have Clay send a copy to his father. Mentions that they hope to see Birkett tomorrow. P.S. Revere hopes to get leave at the end of the month.


Date: 
February 17, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler has sent to Spielman about the Maguire picture and will let him know. Explains that he did not send the Elizabethan touch-piece as it turned out to be a pattern and not a genuine, and there was uncertainty. Mentions that he told a bookseller to send Jacobs a word about the Jenner pamphlet. Political discussion about the condition in America. News of Revere. Civilities.


Date: 
February 17, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler writes that an advance copy of Finch and Baines has come. He congratulates Malloch on his work. He will see to a good review of it in the Lancet and will ask Mr. Clay to hurry a copy of it to Malloch's father, who will be delighted.


Date: 
February 17, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler writes that an advance copy of Finch and Baines has come. He congratulates Malloch on his work. He will see to a good review of it in the Lancet and will ask Mr. Clay to hurry a copy of it to Malloch's father, who will be delighted.


Date: 
February 19, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Blackader, Alexander Dougall
Abstract: 

Osler is glad they had a good meeting of the old association. All goes well here. Mentions their anxiety about Revere. He sees Adami very often. Armstrong and Primrose will visit them. Good comments on Finlay's work. Will keep his eye open for any special books for the Library (in memory of his son). Civilities.


Date: 
February 25, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Malloch is in Boulogne. Mentions that Sam Hughes in Ottawa says that Osler and others are on the edge of society. Cushing's note on Lady Drummond's commentary.


Date: 
February 26, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Clay has written about the price (for the book on Finch and Baines). Discussion about it. Mentions that he is struggling with almanacs and "prognisticons." Love to W.W. Francis.


Date: 
February 26, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler discusses the price of Malloch's book, and reassures Malloch that whatever the cost, the money has been well expended in what he's gotten out of it in education. Osler is struggling with Almanacs and Prognistisms.


Date: 
February 26, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler discusses the price of Malloch's book, and reassures Malloch that whatever the cost, the money has been well expended in what he's gotten out of it in education. Osler is struggling with Almanacs and Prognistisms.


Date: 
March 1, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Howard, Campbell Palmer
Abstract: 

Birkett thinks that it would not be fair to ask Howard to give up the chair to come over. They are much excited about the situation in the USA . He is all right again but tries to be a bit less rushed. Mentions nervous cases and of P.U.O. There is less nephritis. The Heart Hospital work is interesting. Collon and Meakins are both here. Mentions Murphy who had angina. Arthur Howard is wounded.


Date: 
March 1, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Howard, Ottilie Wright
Abstract: 

They miss them. Mentions that her mother and Marion were there a few weeks ago. Jean will be here shortly. Encloses a letter for her husband (CUS417/123.38). Mentions Leslie Pearce Gould, Collis's death. News of Revere. Jokes about the rations.


Date: 
March 2, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

There is a nice slip from the Times Literature Supplement. Osler would like to see the postcard advertisement which Clay will send out. Compliments his book. Love to W.W. Francis and all. Mentions that they have had no word from Revere for ten days. Fears that he is up the line again.


Date: 
March 2, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler informs Malloch that there is a nice slip from the Times Literary Supplement. Osler has not heard from Isaac for 10 days, and fears he is up the line again.


Date: 
March 2, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler informs Malloch that there is a nice slip from the Times Literary Supplement. Osler has not heard from Isaac for 10 days, and fears he is up the line again.


Date: 
March 3, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Singer, Charles Joseph
Abstract: 

Nice to have Singer's letter. Envies him the experience. Osler gives him news of his wife. Thinks the Science Room scheme will go through the Faculties at the next meeting. He is taking all the Science Professors to see the place. Balfour was very enthusiastic. Mentions that he has almost finished the Religio Medica Manuscripts papers which will be ready before Schiller's paper is printed. Sends him a letter to Marat with the photos, as they will interest him. They should get Marat actively with them in the Seminar scheme, which should be a year from next summer. Details about it. Love to Garrod.


Date: 
March 7, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thayer, William Sydney
Abstract: 

They are excited about the news in America. Deplores the blockage of the legislation. If America comes in the moral effect will be immense. They are worried all the time about Revere. They hoped that he might have a leave but his battery has been moved up towards Bapaume. Civilities. Will look for his article. Mentions Susan Chapin and Rolleston.


Date: 
March 10, 1917
From: 
Wood, Horatio C.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Wood is pleased that Osler's son has escaped injury. Mentions a 87 year old man who fought in 122 engagements during the Civil war and was never injured. Sends one of his two copies of George B. Wood's poem with a statement regarding it on the fly leaf. Political comments on war. Thinks that Roosevelt would have settled this thing months ago. Anecdote about Senator La Follette. Civilities. Attached is the copy of the statement written by Wood and Osler's note about the book.


Date: 
March 12, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract of "The Rules and List of Members for 1916" of the Athenaeum. (P.562, volume II). Osler relates an election at the Athenaeum. Donald Armour, Guy Laking and John Scott Haldane were among the candidates.

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