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Letters dated 1918


Date: 
January 1, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Tyson, James
Abstract: 

Best wishes for the New Year. They are keeping well and busy. They have 14 American surgeons stationed in Oxford. They all dined with them on Christmas day. Gwyn is in charge of the Medical department of No. 1 Canadian General in France. Asks him to tell Nell or Mellor to send him a line in case Tyson should not feel up to writing.


Date: 
January 4, 1918
From: 
Adami, John George
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Adami writes that he had a talk with Macphail. To his surprise, he finds out that the latter is not favourable to the establishment of a C.A.M.C. Journal at the present moment. Indicates that Macphail is a pessimist and is affected by the present state of affairs. Details Macphail's opinion, to help preparing Osler for a meeting with him. Sends him an obituary notice of dear old Girdwood received from Ruttan.


Date: 
January 4, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler will hide for two months to finish the revision of his text-book. He is refusing everything but duty calls. Asks him to excuse him. Mentions a P.G. scheme in his mind.


Date: 
January 5, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Adami, John George
Abstract: 

Osler is sorry that Macphail is not favourable to a Journal, as his support seems important. Will see the latter next week on that subject.


Date: 
January 7, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler compliments Malloch on his paper. Encouragement to get the Pneumonia work together. Suggests to get Rhea to give a joint paper for the Quarterly Journal of Medicine for the April number. Discussion over a Typhoid spine case at Taplow. Yelland of Toronto made the person walk in ten minutes. The Catalogue goes well. He got Joules papers this week. He would like to have a conser. of energy section and Dalton's original papers. Bought the Ed. Prin. of Averroes at the Dunn sale. His incunabula list is being revised at the British Museum, Pollard would not risk any mistake. The Harvey Group in B. prima is well. Civilities.


Date: 
January 7, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler compliments Malloch on his paper. He encourages Malloch to get together the Pneumonia work, and asks him if he has seen the Typhoid spine case at Taplow. The catalogue goes well, and the Incunabula list is complete.


Date: 
January 7, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler compliments Malloch on his paper. He encourages Malloch to get together the Pneumonia work, and asks him if he has seen the Typhoid spine case at Taplow. The catalogue goes well, and the Incunabula list is complete.


Date: 
January 8, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Brewster, Mabel
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Mabel Brewster for the Robin Hood volumes. Memories of his mother repeating many stories of the very ones in this edition. It moves him and he cried as he thought how Revere would have loved them. Mentions Revere's interest in ballad literature. While he was looking at the book, Grace uttered a cry of grief as she learned of the death of young Ely of Rochester, New York. Details on their relation to Ely. Kissel, one of the latter friends, is knocked out by the news. The Oslers sympathize with these young boys far away from their home. Asks her to let him know of any in whom she is interested. P.S. Grace reports him that at the big service at the Cathedral, the Bishop read as a part of his sermon Lincoln's Gettysburg speech. Comments on how Lincoln is inspiring them.


Date: 
January 9, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's note. Notice indicating the President of the Oxford Reading Brench of the British Medical Association


Date: 
January 10, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Henderson, Andrew
Abstract: 

Osler comments on a photo Henderson sent him. Those were great old days at the Montreal General Hospital. Hopes for a new heaven and a new earth after the Germans have been smashed. Will take time and help from USA. Mentions the death of Revere. Wishes he could have gone in his stead.


Date: 
January 11, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Hurd, Henry Mills
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Hurd for his letter. Will get on with the story of the Medical Clinic. Deplores Mall's death and Janeway's death. Would like to see the plans of the library. Mentions his interest in the question of Library training. It needs developing in England. Request for any preliminary programme of the School of Preventive Medicine. Explains that they are starting a National School of Medicine in Wales at Cardiff and that a Lady has made a donation to endow a Chair of Preventive Medicine. One of the conditions is that Osler names the Committee to appoint the Professor. Interested in his saying about the Corner portrait. Would be glad to have it on the walls of the Hospital.


Date: 
January 11, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler encloses a letter from Christiana. Asks MacAlister if they could possibly influence Macmillan and Saunders to issue special circulars for distribution in Norway and Sweden. Fears that it is not profitable, but cannot but sympathise with Christiana's appeal.


Date: 
January 13, 1918
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler is working on his text-book and hopes to have much done to send by Dr. Fuliker in March. Mentions that Osler is grieved about Janeway's death.


Date: 
January 15, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler agrees that a perfectly organized joint circular would be the thing to do, but change of method by the English publishers who now will not send books on sale.


Date: 
January 15, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Sarton, George
Abstract: 

Encouragements for the idea of his Institute. Mentions that their little effort in Oxford, fostered by the Singers should be helpful. Mentions that Singer's absence makes things difficult. Offers his service. Thanks for his sympathies.


Date: 
January 19, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. He arrived in Oxford. Osler was in bed with a cold and working at books. Mentions the latest books Osler bought. Osler told him that there is an increase in Addison's disease in the war. Discussion about influenzal broncho-pneumonia. Mentions Bogg's paper.


Date: 
January 20, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Osler is still in bed. The latter is quite keen about Jas. Gregory and John Bell. Relates that Susan Chapin said that when they had the phone call announcing Revere's death, Osler said: "I knew from the beginning of the war that this moment would come."


Date: 
January 20, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Adami, John George
Abstract: 

Osler has asked Armour and Colmer to look after Adami (at the Canada Club Lunch), as he is abed with the flu.


Date: 
January 21, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Osler is better, was up for lunch and dinner.


Date: 
January 21, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Power, D'Arcy
Abstract: 

Osler pologizes not to be able to hear Power's paper. Will read it with interest.


Date: 
January 22, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Osler is up again. The latter is interested in General Mennessier de la Lance's Essai de Bibliographie Hippique. Enthusiastic comments about it.


Date: 
January 23, 1918
From: 
Cock, F. William
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Cock writes details about a physician's stick with a perforated top for the aromatic vinegar sponge (pomander cane), which belonged to a Quaker family of Gurney. Details about the prices. Offers it to him before the Recrop sale.


Date: 
January 23, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Osler looks better, has all his Harvey cards ready. Osler loves to recall memories of his youth, when he was a scamp. Anecdote.


Date: 
January 24, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. A Canadian Nursing Sister, Miss Milburn, came for the night. She is Edward Milburn's daughter. Osler told many anecdotes from their youth. Osler wishes to have a photograph taken of the Toronto Globe account of the police court affair.


Date: 
January 25, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Kelly, Howard Atwood
Abstract: 

Osler deplores Mall's death, Janeway's death, Bevan's death, Mitchell's death. Wishes that they, old men could go to war instead of the nice bright boys. Offers his help to the members of his family who will come to war. Mentions that their house is a distributing depot, and parcels leave for France everyday. Amazed by the donations of their friends. He is working hard but always with a sad heart.


Date: 
January 26, 1918
From: 
Cock, F. William
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Acknowledgment of Osler's agreement to buy the pomander cane. Mentions an Harvey pamphlet Osler would like. Eastes could help him to find it.


Date: 
January 26, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Went to Witney with Osler and saw Harvey. They picked up Marion Emmons at the Blackburns' at Bampton. Osler mentioned that he saw nice silhouettes there.


Date: 
January 28, 1918
From: 
Cock, F. William
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Cock gives details on the pomander cane he sent him. Osler bought it through him to Eleanor and Margarette Reynolds.


Date: 
January 28, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. They received the news that John McCrae has died of pneumonia.


Date: 
January 28, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Davison, Wilburt Cornell
Abstract: 

Oselr thanks Davison for the trouble he has taken about Emmons. Hopes the latter will be able to make arrangements to take up medical work. Dreyer has gone off to America. The Hospitals are full. There are more interesting cases at Cliveden as ever. Wishes to see them all in France. Deplores Janeway's death.

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