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Letters dated 1917


Date: 
June 19, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Turner, George Grey
Abstract: 

Acknowledgment of Turner's papers on the Spleen (Spontaneous Rupture of the Spleen). They are most interesting. Osler mentions some cases he had seen and of one present case he is following. Turner must have had a great experience in the East. Greetings.


Date: 
June 19, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Adami, John George
Abstract: 

Osler has no chance to get away as exams are on. Will try to come on Friday but it depends on the time at which the chemistry men finish.


Date: 
June 20, 1917
From: 
Mackall, Leonard L.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Belated acknowledgment of Osler's thanks for the "Miscellanies" and of the note on entomological book worms. Mackall answers him on his request about the "Maupertuisiana". Will try to find out who wrote the Ueber d, Charletanerie der Gelchrten seit Menken 1791. Recommends several books for his research on Schiller's early medical essays. Prof. Fiedler must have information about that. Gives him details about his copy of Thomas Browne's "Miscellany Tracts",1683. Account of buying it.


Date: 
June 20, 1917
From: 
Adami, John George
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Adami thanks Osler for act of kindness toward him, in sending him a note to tell him that he would not be able to hear his lectures (Cronian Lectures in the Royal College of Physicians on "Medical Contributions to the Story of Evolution").


Date: 
June 23, 1917
From: 
Ferguson, John
To: 
Murray
Abstract: 

Ferguson writes that there are a number of pamphlets on the "Rabbit-Woman" controversy in the Hunterian Library. Includes a list of the pamphlets.


Date: 
June 25, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler wonders if the men will look out for the Mary Toft Rabbit Breeder pamphlets and send him a list. Manningham and St. Andre are the two important ones. Informs him that he bought the Stievens collection, and that he has several duplicates which are at MacAlister's disposal. Will come to the Library Committee on the 4th with the De Motu Cordis.


Date: 
June 28, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

(Re. Rabbits). MacAlister has them all. Glad as he will pass them on to Baltimore. Sends the De Motu Cordis all repaired.


Date: 
(June 1917 ?)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Adami, John George
Abstract: 

(Card). Osler gives Adami the reference to Sudhoff's Graphische typographisite Ersttinge der syph. literature, 1912, p.25. It deals with the Naples myth. It refers to the origin of the disease in the Army of Naples.


Date: 
June 1, 1917
From: 
Willcock, J. F.
To: 
Mackall, Leonard L.
Abstract: 

Request from Osler who would like to know if the contents of Maupertuisiana, Hamburg, 1753,80 are reprints of tracts issued elsewhere. Mentions that the Voltaire Diatribe, under the pseudonym of Dr. Akakia, is in this volume. Asks him to reply to Osler.


Date: 
(June 1917 ?)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Details on the Harvey copy he received. Asks him the date of the next meeting of the Library Committee at which he will present it. Asks him if he has issued the circular to the US Hospital Units. Bradley can give MacAlister their addresses.


Date: 
July 1, 1917(?)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Osler reports on Revere's war-time duties and writes of the busy and anxious time he and Lady Osler have had over the past year. Osler continues to work on his library and has now collected 110 medical incunabula, more than any other medical library in England. Additional notes by William Francis.


Date: 
July 3, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Lady Osler comments on Revere and Cushing's activities in the war. Thomas McCrae has begun work at the Ontario Hospital at Orpington. McCrae advised Futcher to stay in Baltimore and reap the benefits of having so many men away. Pauline is the Chairman of a Women's National organization. She mentions Dr. Goldthwaite, Susan Chapin, and Mr. Peabody.


Date: 
July 3, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

They are here for rest and change, at the Isle of Purbeck where they spent two summers when Revere was young. News of Revere. The latter is full of admiration for the men who stood 48 hours of incessant pounding before getting through. Details on his battery. Delighted with the American Hospital Units, with men from Columbia, Harvard, Cleveland and Philadelphia have been with them. Opinion on the issue of the war. The final decision rests with the USA. Civilities.


Date: 
July 4, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Extract from letter. Lady Osler reports on her husband's health. Thomas McCrae met with Osler to work on a new edition of his text book.


Date: 
July 5, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Simmons, George H.
Abstract: 

Osler sends Simmons a brief note of warning for the Journal. Congratulations on the Journal. Mentions their excitement with the arrival of the American Hospital Units, and by the safe arrival of the troops. Mentions the enthusiasm among all classes of people about it. Informs him that the American orthopaedic draft brought over by Goldthwaite has been distributed in various hospitals and is doing good work. Civilities.- Enclosed "WAR WASTAGE- A NOTE OF WARNING TO EXAMINERS OF RECRUITS" by William Osler.


Date: 
July 10, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Ballinger, John
Abstract: 

Osler would be glad of a room in Alexandra Hall. Thanks Ballinger for his notes. Explains that he wishes to plead for a closer affiliation of the Library School with the University.


Date: 
July 10, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Andras, Gwendolyn Francis
Abstract: 

Osler is glad of her letter. Sends cheque for holiday for her, little Auntie and the children. Mentions that they are worried all the time about Revere. News of the latter. News from Jim and from May. Her reputation as a poetess grows. One of her poems was recited at a Canadian Celebration in London. Details on the mortgage of her house. Civilities.


Date: 
July 14, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Fisher, Charles Perry
Abstract: 

Osler extends his sympathy to Fisher, who suffers from the loss of a family member. He asks Fisher to keep an eye out for the 1846 issue of the Boston Medical and Surgical Journal. He provides a list of duplicates from which Fisher can pick what he would like for the Library of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia


Date: 
July(?) 17, 1917
From: 
Osler, Edward Revere
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Revere's battery has been in action on the battlefield for months, and now they are resting only to prepare to return to the front. He hopes to soon be able to spend a few days at home after the past four nightmarish months. His father has been sending him book catalogues, as well as sale catalogues from Sotheby's, from which Revere has ordered some books.


Date: 
July 19, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. He is in Oxford. Osler is in London finishing up the Royal Commission on Welsh education. Comments on Osler's appearance. He has received 2 volumes of Vincent of Beauvais' Speculum Naturale,1473. He bought them from Davis and Orioli in Italy. St. Louis gave him the task of summarising knowledge.


Date: 
July 21. 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Osler talked about his catalogue "raisonne". Details about it. Gives the example of the history of the Council of Trent which will be found under Harvey.


Date: 
July 22, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Ballinger, John
Abstract: 

Osler agrees with the time table, and gives details on his itinerary. Wishes to have the chance to meet several men who are interested in the Celtic Board of Studies scheme and the University Press.


Date: 
July 22, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Mentions Mrs. Osborne's poem on Osler's "umptieth" birthday. Malloch finds the last verse about Doccy-o the best.


Date: 
July 23, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Osler went to Cliveden and brought back the Grassetts of Toronto for tea and Sister from Ewelme. Accounts on how Osler came to know Malloch's father. Grace told him of Osler's habit of writing "James Bovell" all over bits of paper. Explains that as a youth he always liked the signature of his teacher. Mentions the dinner at the Max-Mullers. Mentions a Miss Berkam. Osler described French concours.


Date: 
July 24, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Osler had a cable from Morphy of Lachine asking him to go and see his son in London. Osler does not know him but will go tomorrow.


Date: 
July 24, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Walker, Thomas Willoughby
Abstract: 

Osler gives Walker references for Syphilitic anaemia. Recommends he write up the case thoroughly as it is an exceptional one.


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

Osler asks Ballingerhow many Public Libraries, Librarians and assistants there are in Wales.


Date: 
July 26, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Osler buys books with percentage on consultation fee. "that is how I sanctify the fee".


Date: 
July 1, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Ballinger, John
Abstract: 

Osler will go straight to Alexandra Hall. He is using Ballinger's note to give the young people a better idea of the situation. Thanks for the additional notes. Mentions that he has a meeting in Cardiff.


Date: 
August 4, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Extract.Lady Osler writesthat Osler has been in Wales all the week and has escaped an awful storm.

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