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Letters dated 1917


Date: 
April 14, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Sa'eed, M.
Abstract: 

Osler writes of various Arabic medical texts, including those of Avicenna, Rhazes and Haly ben Abbass.


Date: 
April 14, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Charlotte (Chattie, Mrs. Charles Gwyn)
Abstract: 

Announces the death of her son Campbell. Relates the account of one of his men. Mentions that he has not had the heart to write to Nona about poor Collis. They are steeling their hearts against the possible blow to them. Mentions Grace's sadness over the loss of Collis and Campbell. Recommends she keep up her heart, as her son has died in a good cause.


Date: 
April 15, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Fisher, Charles Perry
Abstract: 

Osler writes of library collections, his own and that of the Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. He is sorry to hear of Jack Mitchell's death.


Date: 
April 15, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Adami, John George
Abstract: 

Thanks for the book he gave him (Firmin Didota "Alde Mannuae"). Will put it next to Renoir Annales de l'Unpriniere Alde. Glad that Adami sent him his bookplate. He has the Leoni ceius Syphilis tractate. Mentions the Grocyn letter to Aldus in the 1499 Astrom. Veleres. Asks him for the figures of syphilis and gonorrhoea in the Canadian troops during the first two years. Mentions that the matter has been referred to in the House Committee sitting on the bill. The Bruce Report of the cases has given a great shock in Canada. Osler thinks that the figures could be useful to get increased police power against open prostitution.


Date: 
April 20, 1917
From: 
Murphy, Starr J.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Acknowledgment on the behalf of Rockefeller his letter of March 26th. The matter will receive their careful consideration.


Date: 
April 20, 1917
From: 
Murphy, Starr J.
To: 
Flexner, Simon
Abstract: 

Rockefeller has received a letter from Osler with regard to post-graduate medical study in England. Enclosed the letter. Asks for his comments and recommendations.


Date: 
April 20, 1917
From: 
Flexner, Simon
To: 
Murphy, Starr J.
Abstract: 

Flexner will see Rockefeller Jr. at luncheon, after which he will speak with Murphy about Osler's letter regarding post-graduate instruction.


Date: 
April 20, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Resolution passed by the Osler Committee. They have resolved to present to the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland the sum of ten thousand dollars in cash or securities, this Fund to be preserved perpetually as the Osler Testimonial Fund. Details the use of the income that the Library Committee will have to make of it. Signed by Jacobs, the Secretary.


Date: 
April 24, 1917
From: 
Flexner, Simon
To: 
Murphy, Starr J.
Abstract: 

Flenxer showed Osler's letter to his brother who will speak to Murphy about it. They do not share Osler's views about the numbers of students who will go to England after the war. His brother has an alternative plan which he wishes to bring to Murphy's attention.


Date: 
April 24, 1917
From: 
Murphy, Starr J.
To: 
Flexner, Simon
Abstract: 

Murphy be glad to talk with Flexner about his suggestion regarding Osler's letter on the post-graduate training in England.


Date: 
April 25, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Milburn, Edward F.
Abstract: 

Osler's daughter is in Brighton. She should have come to them direct. She is inviting to come to them whenever she can. He has written to the chief matron about her. News of Revere. Mentions their anxiety when they do not receive letters from him. His sister has lost a son at Vimy. Civilities.


Date: 
April 25, 1917
From: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

(Cable). Jacobs informs Osler that his friends have established that night the Osler Fund of ten thousand dollars for the Faculty Library. Civilities.


Date: 
April 25, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler is deeply touched by the establishment of the Osler Fund. Mentions his love of the old Faculty. States that nothing in Baltimore gave him greater pleasure than to see the (Library) Faculty established in a proper home and to watch his progress. Mentions Cordell, Ashby, Randolph Winslow, Johnston, Donaldson, Chew, Miles, Welch, Martin and Remsen. Will write to the President. News of Revere. Grace is having one of Revere's letters copied and they will pass it on. Fortunately, Revere likes his fellow officers. He never complains. One of his sister's sons was killed at Vimy, a brother of Norman Gwyn. Mentions the work of Susan Chapin and Grace. Details on his work. His opinion is that USA will save the situation. Congratulations to Miss Noyes.


Date: 
April 25, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Ballinger, John
Abstract: 

Osler accepts and asks for the exact date. Glad they are to start the school. Hopes the Celtic School affair will come off too.


Date: 
April 26, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Myers, Grace W.
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Grace Myers for the Morton pamphlet. Wishes to have the Letheon article. Asks her if they have the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal for 1846, and for 1847. Tells her to attack Brigham for him. Should like the list she mentioned. He also lacks Bigelow's original papers. Will send the Encyclopedia Brittanica and his Anaesthesia scheme soon. Mentions a boy who should hurry to Europe. Asks her if she got his bookworm article.


Date: 
April 27, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

(Cable). Osle is deeply touched by the generosity of his friends and the association of his name with the old Faculty which he love so dearly.


Date: 
(April 1917 ?)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Barker, Lewellys Franklin
Abstract: 

Informs him that Foster of the CAMC offers Barker, Futcher and McCrae wards in one of the Canadian Hospitals in England for periods of 4 or 6 months with temp. commission as Lt. Colonel. Osler mentions that he told Foster that they might feel that their duty was to help in organizing the Hospital Units in USA. He had tried to get Jones to make them the offer last summer. They are greatly excited about the news in America. News of Revere who is at Arras. They are anxious. Civilities. Mentions that he had cabled McCrae. He has not yet seen the book.


Date: 
May 2, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler asks for news of Dock's son. Invitation to the latter. The American news has cheered them. Sure that American troops will have to come, as Germany is still very strong. News of Revere. Hopes that Revere will have a leave. Asks him if he has sent his Wesly paper. Comments on Wesly's work. Mentions his work on his catalogue. The Persian Embassy sent him a Rhazes manuscript in Arabic. Thinks it comes from Sa'eed. Details about some malaria cases.


Date: 
May 2, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Adami, John George
Abstract: 

Accepts something. There are very few Foreign Fellows in America. Believes that S.W.M. was the last. Welch would carry.


Date: 
May 3, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Garrison, Fielding Hudson
Abstract: 

Compliments on a tribute to Lauder Brunton. Osler asks Garrison to send a copy to Brunton's son. Asks news of his work on the book. Hopes that the newspapers will self-restrain themselves about America at war. Good comments about the last Volumes of series II. Asks news from Klebs. Sends a clipping from MacPhail. Good comments about the latter. News of Revere. Word about their anxiety.


Date: 
May 4, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Thayer, William Sydney
Abstract: 

Osler is delighted with the volume of poems he sent. It will go on the shelves of his Bibliotheca Literaria. His niece, Mrs. Osborne has written a nice review of the book. Mentions Sister Susan's health. Can imagine Thayer's joy at the declaration of war. Approves the way Wilson has managed it. Hopes to have Revere home for a week's leave. Civilities.


Date: 
May 6, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Ballinger, John
Abstract: 

Osler will talk on the Library School in "University work". Agree for the date of July 31st. Good comments about a man which name is not mentioned.


Date: 
May 7, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Charlton, Margaret E.
Abstract: 

(Postcard). Osler thanks Margaret Charlton for "The Natural Theology". Asks her to tell B. to send him the account with the others, and to look out for Canniffs, History of the Medical Profession in Upper Canada. Mentions their happiness about the declaration of war by the USA. Glad she likes the work in Toronto. Civilities.


Date: 
May 8, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler suggests the J.H.H. Bull and the new Journal of the History of Medicine, and gives an address. The first edition comes out this month. He has not heard from Revere in 10 days.


Date: 
May 8, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler suggests the J.H.H. Bull and the new Journal of the History of Medicine, and gives an address. The first edition comes out this month. He has not heard from Revere in 10 days.


Date: 
May 13, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Singer, Charles Joseph Mrs.
Abstract: 

Rejoiced about the good news about the F.N.C.P. Comments about it. Osler is not despairing of Magdalen. Enjoins her to hurry back, as there is so much to do. Mentions a hard day he had in town. Glad that Dr. W. is here, would like to have his address.


Date: 
May 15, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler announces that Revere is home for a ten days leave. Details on the physical changes in his son. Details on the actions of his battery. Mentions that Revere's nerves are A.1, but it is not easy to get him to talk much about his experience. Wishes to be in Avalon to play with Mabel's children. Civilities. P.S. He is forgiving "Life" everything for the sake of Uncle Ned's (E.S. Martin) splendid articles.


Date: 
May 16, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacCallum, William George
Abstract: 

Osler heard from inside sources that MacCallum is to be Welch's successor. He deserves it. Comments about it. His father and Malloch will be pleased. Jack would have rejoiced in it. Happy that Revere is back for a ten days leave. Details on the changes in his physical appearance. Civilities.


Date: 
May 16, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Keith, John R.
Abstract: 

(Postcard). Osler thanks Keith for his paper. Glad that he refers to King Chambers whose Renewal of Life is still a favourite with him as it was with his old teacher in Toronto. Wishes that St. Paul had given a list of his books.- Attached is Keith's paper : "The Perusal of Medical Literature".


Date: 
May 16, 1917
From: 
Adami, John George
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Details about missing each other on the telephone. Adami thanks Osler for so promptly showing the quality of his friendship, and his willingness to help in need. Forwards him a copy of the missing venereal report. He cannot give him the official number of the C.E.F. Mentions a number published by Robert Borden, something around 300 000 cases, but it has been steadily increasing from some 33 000 odd in November 1914.

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