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Letters dated 1918


Date: 
April 28, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler is sorry to hear that Bill is laid up. He reports that the anaesthesia section of the Catalogue has been finished. MacAlister has sent Osler reprints of many books which he will keep for Malloch. Osler writes that he has a lot of reading to do for the Presidential Address as President of the Classical Association. He is the first Doctor to have been chosen, and takes it as a compliment but also a burden.


Date: 
April 29, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. He is in Boulogne. Received a long letter from Osler. They will keep Revere's books together.


Date: 
April 30, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Singer, Charles Joseph Mrs.
Abstract: 

Osler congratulates Mrs. Singer on the programme (Catalogue of Scientific MSS. dating before the XVIth century in the British Isles). Encouragement. She has had a very sympathetic letter from the President of the Royal Society. Asks her about the opportunity to ask for a grant to the Royal College of Physicians. They will be away until the 15th.


Date: 
April 30, 1918
From: 
Adami, John George
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Adami mentions a conversation with Louis Wilson about Osler's report on Postgraduate Medical Education and on the American plans for graduate education. Details on Wilson's views. Suggestions to improve Osler's report. Discussion on the matter. Civilities.


Date: 
May 1, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Rogers, Leonard
Abstract: 

Osler expects that Allbutt did the job for him on the Council of the Royal, as the pressure from the Chemists and Physiologists is so great that physicians have very little luck (regarding his election to the Royal Society). Congratulations on the new Hospital (for Tropical diseases, Calcutta). Dysentery and Typhoids have disappeared here, they now have trench nephritis and nervous manifestations. Will send him a list by Hoernle of old books and manuscripts for which he is willing to pay reasonable prices.


Date: 
May 2, 1918
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Lady Osler writes that they have had a quiet week. Osler is out a lot but she does not let him walk too much.


Date: 
May 2, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler has sent word to Bethel and will see the picture on the 15th. Details on its value. Mentions some Jenner items of which Maggs must have notified him. W.J. Morton sent him some of his father's original pamphlets, which adds value to his anaesthesia section. Mentions the many Americans they see. Comments on Susan Chapin's job at the American Red Cross in London. They expect W.W. Francis. Positive comments on Futcher's and McCrae's work at Orpington. Civilities.


Date: 
May 2, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Foy, George
Abstract: 

Osler has written to James Galloway who is in charge of the Recruiting work. Will let him know what he says.


Date: 
May 4, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's note. Osler must have intended to write fully on Rabelais. Reference to "Les Oeuvres de M. Francois Rabelais", MDLIII.


Date: 
May 5, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Dock, George
Abstract: 

Osler mentions a letter of Dock Jr. The strain is very heavy on the young fellows. Fears that the war will last a long time. Comments on the work done by the USA. Inveighs against the pessimists. Mentions his work in his catalogue raisonne which is slow. He is help by a secretary and a girl from the Bodley. Details the sections. Requests information about good novels in which Doctors of the West or South figures.


Date: 
May 5, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler bought the Jenner portrait for Jacobs, and offers details about it. Offers him his copy of the Huxley bronze for his collection. Asks him what he intends to do with the Jenner items. Reminds him that he has the minutes, largely in Jenner's hand of the Gloucester Medical Society 1789-95. Doubts whether it should leave England, but the Royal College of Surgeons and the Royal College of Physicians have so slack in collecting that neither deserves it. Mentions the heavy job of his catalogue. Enjoys his holiday in a spot far from the Kaiser and Rhonda. Civilities.


Date: 
May 5, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

The 29th will suit Osler. He asks MacAlister for information about the Harvey model. Sure they would like it at McGill.


Date: 
May 8, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Barlow, H.M.
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Barlow for no. 380. Suggests he try to get the other iconographies of Jenner. Wonders why Barlow has bound Storer's paper with such a motley collection.


Date: 
May 8, 1918
From: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

MacAlister reminds Osler his past refusal of the offer of the Presidency of the Royal Society of Medicine. It was an unprecedented snub to the premier medical body of the Kingdom. Asks him unofficially and confidentially once more to accept nomination. States that it is his duty to accept it as there are great things expected of, and to be done by the Society. He is the perfect candidate for the task. Argues that it would help him in view of the position he has taken up with the Postgraduate scheme.


Date: 
May 9, 1918
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Lady Osler mentions that Osler has a good appetite but does not gain weight.


Date: 
May 10, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Plarr, Victor G.
Abstract: 

Osler requests copies of W.T.G. Morton's pamphlets on Letheon and sulphurus ether.


Date: 
May 10, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler hates to refuse MacAlister anything, but he declines the offer for the presidency of the Royal Medical Society. Explains that his first refusal was not a snub, as he regarded the offer as a great honour.


Date: 
May 15, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

"Sir William Osler's Library. Order of Bibliotheca Prima." Incl. ms. notes.


Date: 
May 15, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from the Proceedings of the Royal Society of Medicine. Section of the History of Medicine. "THE FIRST PRINTED DOCUMENTS RELATING TO MODERN SURGICAL ANAESTHESIA", by Sir William Osler, M.D., F.R.S.


Date: 
May 16, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler saw the supposed Smith portrait of Jenner. Doubtful about it. Has asked Thompson of the Wellcome Museum about it. Mentions his disappointment as he had hoped it was the original picture.


Date: 
May 17, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Jacobs for the Shelly Letters. Mentions Revere's interest in it and of the Every-man's Library copy of the Poems he carried everywhere. Word about his project to put all Revere's books together for a purpose. The catalogue and the books he would have loved bring his loss home to their hearts every hour. Repeats his disappointment about the Jenner portrait. Thompson will look at it but Osler fears that it is a copy.


Date: 
May 18, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Garrison, Fielding Hudson
Abstract: 

Thanks to McCulloch for the check list of their incunabula. Osler's list of Early printed medical books is being revised by Scholderer at the British Museum. Pollard would not print it otherwise. Hopes they shall print this October. Mentions the difficulties to work at his catalogue raisonne. Morton sent some of his father's early papers and Osler has given the duplicates to the Royal Society of Medicine. His remarks about Morton may interest Garrison. Optimistic comments about the war. Proud of the Americans. The Singers have all sorts of schemes, among them a catalogue of all English scientific manuscripts.


Date: 
May 18, 1918
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Lady Osler writes that they did not go to the Emmons, because Osler was not feeling well.


Date: 
May 21, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Davison, Wilburt Cornell
Abstract: 

Osler has talked over matters with Bobbie E. who feels that it would be better to go to Davison. Details about it. E. is working with Gardner, and Osler will send him on to Gorden. Asks him and his wife to look after E. Wishes to see them all, but it is hard to get away. Dreyer is in America. Mentions the work at Cliveden and of Meakins.


Date: 
May 21, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Adami, John George
Abstract: 

Osler asks Adami for news of Rhea. News from Isabel at Lady Allen's Home for Convalescent Canadian Officers. They enjoyed their stay there (in Devon). W.W. Francis has been with them for three weeks convalescing from Bronchitis.


Date: 
May 21, 1918
From: 
Smith, William Francis
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Letter inserted in W.F. Smith's Rabelais, 1893. Smith is flattered by Osler's request that he should take part in a session of the Royal Medical Society with Tilley. Compliment to Osler, who appreciates Rabelais. Smith hanks him for his notice of his book in the Lancet. Civilities.


Date: 
May 22, 1918
From: 
Adami, John George
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Adami gives news from Rhea who is in the Pinewood Sanatorium. Details on the latter's health condition. Adami's opinion on where Rhea should stay for his convalescing. His daughter Isabel is delighted with the moments she spent with them.


Date: 
May 24, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Adami, John George
Abstract: 

(Postcard). Osler agrees with Adami's suggestion about having Rhea attached to No.3 Canadian General in France where he could collect material for a national Medical War Museum. Mentions that he will invite Rhea for a visit at the Open Arms.


Date: 
May 1, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Flexner, Simon
Abstract: 

Osler offers Flexner good wishes on his trip back. Could not get the information asked by Flexner, because Denys was away. Will send the latter's reply. Mentions that he sent the Huxley bronze for Jacobs. Asks him to take a photo of it for the (Rockefeller) Institute and for him to put in the Collected Works. Greetings to Cole and the staff.


Date: 
June 1, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from manuscripts notes for papers (unpublished) of Osler. "APPEAL TO HIBERNIA".

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