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Letters dated 1917


Date: 
August 7, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Moore, John W.
Abstract: 

Osler is sorry that Moore's son did not let him know his relationship. Will send the copies of the address which is purely educational, not medical, so not suitable for Moore's journal. Sympathies over the death of Moore's son. Mentions Revere in France with the R.F.A.


Date: 
August 8, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Camac, Charles Nicoll Bancker
Abstract: 

Osler mentions Camac's message about Grant Allen. They are greatly touched by all the American preparation and by the fellows who come in every few days. (Stemmons) and Ledwick visited him. News of Revere. Mentions that it is a hard business for him. Civilities. -Notes from Camac.


Date: 
August 11, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Davison, Wilburt Cornell
Abstract: 

Osler was disappointed not to see Davison. Congratulations on the prize. Tells him to let him know of any literature he can send to the Royal Society of Medicine. News of Revere. Dreyer is away. Ainslie Walker lost his wife. Mentions his work in Wales for the Royal Commission on Welsh university. The hospitals are filling up after a quiet period.


Date: 
August 13, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. He is in Boulogne. Mrs. Osborne sent him her sonnet on Burton's Anatomy of Melancholy, probably suggested by Osler's address.


Date: 
August 13, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Blackader, Mrs. Alexander Dougall
Abstract: 

Osler is glad to hear from Mrs. Blackader. Mentions Armstrong and Finley who gave a tribute to her husband. News of Revere. Osler was afraid to send the Vibrunus for her son's memorial library. Will try to send it by hand. Will let them know of any special books on architecture that he sees. Greetings to Mrs. Gordon.


Date: 
August 18, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Extract. Osler is working hard at the Text-book and Thomas McCrae the same.


Date: 
August 19, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Cushing is still stationed at the C.C.S. Revere is safe so far, but she is anxious about his safety. Susan Chapin is thinking of leaving Oxford to return home, and although she is sad, Lady Osler does not feel she can hinder her. She writes of Thomas McCrae's activities at the Hospital in Orpington. Phoebe Wright is a V.A.D. at a Canadian General near Cushing.


Date: 
August 19, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Cushing, Katharine Stone Crowell
Abstract: 

Lady Osler describes seeing the American troops march through London. The Slemons(?), Robert Johnson and Rose Hoxall have been to visit. She is much saddened by the possibility of Susan Chapin leaving Oxford to return home. They have had good news of Revere.


Date: 
August 22, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Singer, Charles Joseph
Abstract: 

Osler mentions that he has written to G.O.C. telling him that is important to get to Athos. Glad that Singer is getting a grip of the Greek, as it will be useful.


Date: 
August 23, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Ballinger, John
Abstract: 

Thanks. Has sent the address to Tedder who thinks it should go in the Library Record. Gives him free card for the arrangement with the printers of the Record. Mentions that the success of the meeting is most gratifying. Civilities.


Date: 
August 25, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler gives news of Revere and details on the battle beyond Ypres. Hopes that his son could get another leave. They are anxious but hold on and hope for the best. Mentions Grace and Susan Chapin assisting with the parade of the American troops in London. Asks her to let them know if any of her friends come to war. Mentions a stream of American visitors. Wishes to have a peaceful visit with them at Avalon. Love to Uncle Ned (E.S. Martin). Civilities.


Date: 
August 27, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
MacCaskill, Miss
Abstract: 

Lady Osler invites Miss MacCaskill to come to luncheon. Admires her enthusiasm.


Date: 
August 29, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Lady Osler writes of Revere's activities in the war. Susan Chapin will return home with Thomas McCrae as her companion. She mentions Futcher.


Date: 
August 30, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

From Cushing's diary. Cushing describes a battle in which Major Batchelor, Revere, and eighteen other men were involved.


Date: 
August 30, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Lady Osler writes: "Thank God you are with him," referring to her wounded son, Revere.


Date: 
August 30, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Hurd, Henry Mills
Abstract: 

Osler congratulates Hurd and thanks him for the Welch Bibliography. Will write to Birkett. They have been delighted with visits from members of several units, but the Hopkins men went through without stopping. Boggs and Cushing told them that all is well. Mentions their anxiety for Revere who is near Ypres. The latter hopes to get leave when the fight slackens a bit. Thomas McCrae is in charge of Medicine at the Orpington Hospital and does a good job. Futcher will join him shortly. Civilities.


Date: 
August 30, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Cushing has wired them this afternoon that Revere was dangerously wounded and this evening the War Office telephoned that he had died at 12. Explains that they have been preparing for the blow. Osler was sure the fates would hit him through Revere. He has escaped all these years without a great sorrow, and has had so much in life, so much more, than he deserved that he has all along felt they could not escape. Describes his relationship with his son. Compassion for Grace. They are going to be brave. Recollects the nursery in Baltimore. Civilities. Mentions that it is a mercy for them that Cushing was with Revere, as they were friends.


Date: 
August 30, 1917
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's note on Revere's death.


Date: 
August 1, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler sends a lovely review of Finch & Baines by Adami. He is busy working on the textbook, and trying to finish the Incunabula article. He sends his love to Malloch. He has heard good word from Isaac, who is pounding away in the mud.


Date: 
August 1, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler sends a lovely review of Finch & Baines by Adami. He is busy working on the textbook, and trying to finish the Incunabula article. He sends his love to Malloch. He has heard good word from Isaac, who is pounding away in the mud.


Date: 
August 31, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Extract from letter. Lady Osler writes that Osler is wonderful and might be saved.


Date: 
August 31, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Lady Osler is comforted only by the fact that Cushing was with Revere when he died. She always expected it would happen, but could never be ready for the death of her son. She is expecting Futcher to arrive in a few days time.


Date: 
August 31, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Osler writes that it is a comfort to know that Cushing was with Revere when he died. He and Lady Osler are heartbroken, but will face the ordeal bravely.


Date: 
August 31, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Cushing, Katharine Stone Crowell
Abstract: 

Osler is comforted by the fact that Cushing was with Revere when he died. Lady Osler keeps up bravely. They are heartbroken, but plan to bear their sarrow with patience. He writes that Revere had grown more loveable as the years passed and that they had so much in common.


Date: 
August 31, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler announces the death of Revere. Repeats that he knew it would come, the Fates have hit him hard at last. Compassion. Revere is at peace, out of the hell of a war he loathed. Only his love for his parents and his sense of duty took him among the combatants, as everything about war revolted him. Glad that he was happier at last and has been devoted to his men whom he admired. Osler's great consolation is that Cushing was with Revere at the end. Has no details except the wire from Cushing at 4:30 and the phone call from the War Office at 9:00 PM with a message from Stoggett. They are heart broken. Mentions his relationship with his son. Details about Revere's tastes. Few fathers can say they never spoke a cross word to a son, but he never had occasion to. Blessing for their sympathy. Glad that Susan Chapin is here.


Date: 
August 31, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler is glad that MacAlister is better. Comments on Harrogate. Will write to the G.A. Mentions the death of Revere. That Cushing was with Revere is a comfort to him. Tribute to his love of book.


Date: 
August 31, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Howard, Campbell Palmer; Ottlie Wright Howard
Abstract: 

Osler announces the death of Revere. The bitterness is much more than they thought. Mentions Revere's loathing the war. Comforts himself with the thought that Cushing was with him at the end. Details on Cushing's wire and on the telephone from the War Office. Will console themselves with their other dear children, among whom are the Howards. Civilities.


Date: 
August 31, 1917
From: 
Astor, Nancy
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Letter dated January 25, 1921. Reminiscences of Osler's visit at the Hospital at Cliveden where he was going every Monday. Account of his visit less than a week after Revere died. She is sure that it is Revere's death that really killed him. Details of his work. Mentions the careful attention he gave to everybody, his devotion to the Canadians. Mentions his attentions and his kindness. Her children adored him. His force was to make them all want to give more. Waldorf shares her admiration of Osler.


Date: 
August 31, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Andras, Gwendolyn Francis
Abstract: 

Osler announces Revere's death. He has always felt that his trial would come in this way.


Date: 
August 31, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Osler announcesRevere's death. They have no details yet, but that Cushing was with him at the end, which is a comfort. He never expected Revere to get through alive. They are heartbroken but shall be brave. News from Frank and Belle. Civilities.

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