McGill Quick Links

Letters dated 1918


Date: 
September 14, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Shepherd, Francis John
Abstract: 

Asks news. He has not seen Ernest. Mentions that they are busy. They have many American friends who visit them. This week, he has lectured at Shorncliffe, visited the American Hospitals. He has given a dinner to Finley and Meakins. Good comments on the latter. Harvey Littlejohn who was talking of the Burke and Hare memories, Osler told him of the late persistence of body-snatching in Montreal. Littlejohn suggested that Shepherd could write up the story. Osler asks him if he accepts to do it. If it is not for publication, Osler will put it with his Resurrectionist literature, in the 1829 Parliamentary Report on the Anatomy Act. Mentions his library, of the anaesthesia section. Sends him a reprint of remarks, made at the presentation of some duplicates to the Royal Society of Medicine. Civilities. Love to Gardner and Roddick.


Date: 
September 14, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Extract from Archibald Malloch's journal. Littlejohn was there for dinner. Grace told an anecdote of Osler stealing a tin of petrol in Littlejohn's house and another time went upstairs during the children's lesson hour and turned the room topsy-turvy.


Date: 
September 16, 1918
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler took Littlejohn to see Michael (the baby of Nancy Astor) and Taplow.


Date: 
September 18, 1918
From: 
Smith, William Francis
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Smith is flattered to have been asked to send Osler the part of his lecture dealing with Rabelais' medical studies for Osler to read at the meeting for him. Explanations on the views of his lecture. Civilities and thanks.


Date: 
September 19, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Simmons, George H.
Abstract: 

Osler sends Simmons a clipping from the Westminster Gazette which expresses well what the patients think of the American doctors in the English Hospitals. Mentions their good work. Mentions the dozen of orthopaedists in Oxford. States that the enthusiasm for the USA is intense and well deserved.


Date: 
September 19, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Friedenwald, Harry
Abstract: 

(Postcard). Delighted with Jacob Zahalon's study. Asks him to send a reprint of it and his "Ethics of the Practice...".Mentions that he has a 1584 broadsheet of Gregory XIII "Contra Medica Hebreos" where he refers to earlier one of Pius V and Paul IV. Paul III has also a Jewish physician. Love to Julius.


Date: 
September 20, 1918
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Cushing, Katharine Stone Crowell
Abstract: 

Lady Osler longs to see Kate. She writes of the horrors that mothers face with their sons at war. Richard Strong visited with the Oslers, and they expect Phoebe Wright in October. She writes of her and Susan Chapin's activities, and of her cousin Cora Strafford.


Date: 
September 20, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Morse, Edward S.
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Morse for his slips. Agrees with him that it is a tragedy for the Germans to see their country a byword among the nations, and all owing to those damned Prussians. Comments on Virchow who fought them. They are busy. Mentions Susan Chapin in London and the enthusiasm and energy of his wife and sister makes it hard for him to keep up with them.


Date: 
September 20, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler will go to Winchester tomorrow, will spend Sunday night at the Emmons then will go to Portsmouth and Basingstoke.


Date: 
September 21, 1918
From: 
Adami, John George
To: 
Osler, Grace Revere
Abstract: 

Adami announces that he has found that Bell had already approved the transfer of W.W. Francis to Oxford. It now all depends upon the War Office.


Date: 
September 21, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Hadley, Arthur T.
Abstract: 

Osler announces the visit of the Rev. E. W. Walker of Queen's, one of the English University Commission. Mentions that the latter is a good example of the classical Don and should be able to stimulate interest in Greek and Latin studies.


Date: 
September 22, 1918
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler told her that they had 125 Americans at the meeting last evening at Winchester. He will go to Portsmouth tomorrow morning and will be home in the evening.


Date: 
September 23, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Adami, John George
Abstract: 

Osler offers Adami news from W.W. Francis who arrived last evening. Collier and he examined him and there is no trace of disease in the lungs. The rest would put him in good form. The insomnia has been the chief trouble.


Date: 
September 24, 1918
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Lady Osler mentions the meeting at Winchester with 125 Americans doctors and at Portsmouth. Hopes that these missionary trips are now over.


Date: 
September 26, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Page, Walter Hines Mrs.
Abstract: 

Osler was not able to phone today. Will only be in London on the 2nd, but if they are going before that, will run up to wish them bon voyage.


Date: 
September 27, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Libman, Emanuel
Abstract: 

Osler is glad that Libman is better. He saw Haft last week. Mentions that he is trying to get in touch with all the American Hospitals in England. Positive comments on them. Will look forward for Libman's endocarditis paper. They have many cases in the soldiers. Lewis had six cases in one ward at Colchester. Civilities.


Date: 
September 27, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Radin, Herman Theodore
Abstract: 

Osler is sorry he did not get the bundle of reprints that he sent. Compliments on "the Appreciation". Asks Radin to send a reprint to his brother the Judge in Toronto, to E.B. Osler, to Mrs. Herbert Gwyn, to Mrs. Brewster, to Miss B. Francis and Miss Osler. Offers his service.


Date: 
September 29, 1918
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Kelly, Howard Atwood
Abstract: 

Lady Osler comments that there are many Americans in England these days. Osler spoke at an American camp at Winchester before 125 Medical Officers. Dr. Flexner, Dr. Billings, and a San Francisco doctor have been to visit the Oslers at Oxford. She writes of her work with Belgian and Serbian refugees.


Date: 
October 1, 1917 - September 30, 1918
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Pamphlet: "Annual Report of the Council to the Court of Governors (October 1, 1917 to September 30, 1918) Osler is mentioned on pp. 15-18 concerning his involvement in establishing a Professorship of Preventative Medicine in connection with the University of South Wales and Monmouthshire.


Date: 
September 30, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler is on his return; he was busy with a cable at the door, which he sent on at once. He asks Malloch if he thinks he should go out.


Date: 
September 30, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler is on his return; he was busy with a cable at the door, which he sent on at once. He asks Malloch if he thinks he should go out.


Date: 
October 1, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Nuttall, George H.F.
Abstract: 

Acknowledgment of the volume of collected papers from the Quick Laboratory 1906-1918. Encouragements. Asks Nuttall if he minds if Osler passes on the volume to the Radcliffe. Would like to have for the Bibliotheca Osleriana some of his early papers, as he wants all his old friends to be in the catalogue. Announces him that Flexner will arrive in London on Monday. Hopes his sons are well. Compassion for their anxiety. Jokes to his daughter Carmina about Peter Bell and Young's Night Thoughts.


Date: 
October 3, 1918
From: 
Ma(?), J.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Christian would like to the article upon the Diseases of the Arteries, including Aneurysms, to extend to 50 pages of 450 words to the page. They should be happy to have the other articles which Osler mentioned. Asks the references of his papers upon Angina Pectoris. Thanks. P.S. They would like to have his article in about six months.


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

Osler is delighted with Malloch's "Turned Soldier" paper. Asks him if he wants him to send it to the Magazine. Should like a copy to go after the Finch and Baines book in the Bibliotheca Literaria. Mentions that he is busy helping Collier and others with the doctors families with an heavy epidemic of endo-peri-pleuritis. McDougall's child has been very ill, the Singers too and many others. W.W. Francis is working in London. He has finished the Gui Patin cards. Comments on the circulation cards.


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

Osler is delighted with Malloch's "Turned Soldier" paper and compliments him on it. Osler would like a separate copy to go after Finch & Baines in the Bib. Lit. He is deep in a heavy epidemic and is busy practicing medicine and helping Collier. Osler finished the Patin cards last evening, and thinks the circulation cards would be worth printing separately as a trial.


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

Osler is delighted with Malloch's "Turned Soldier" paper and compliments him on it. Osler would like a separate copy to go after Finch & Baines in the Bib. Lit. He is deep in a heavy epidemic and is busy practicing medicine and helping Collier. Osler finished the Patin cards last evening, and thinks the circulation cards would be worth printing separately as a trial.


Date: 
October 11, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Shepherd, Francis John
Abstract: 

Osler offers Shepherd sympathies for the death of his son Ernest. Mentions that of the twenty members of the College Club in London, fifteen of them have lost sons. Mentions Garrod who lost two sons. States that it is hard to have these tragedies happen to them towards the end of their lives, and when fortune in other respects has been so kind. Civilities. He has not seen Sherry for months.


Date: 
October 14, 1918
From: 
Mackall, Leonard L.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Mackall acknowledges Osler's letter of August 6th. Informs him that his cousin Alexander R. Lawton will sail to France with his Regiment and will probably go to England. Hopes that they will have the pleasure to meet each other. Details on the arrangements to make Lawton meet Osler. The new Draft Laws blocked his acceptance by the Red Cross for France at the last moment. He is uncertain of what he should try to do. Civilities.


Date: 
October 14, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler is delighted that Malloch is coming in England. Asks him to bring some slides for lantern. It will be a big discussion (on the Influenzal Pneumonia). Rolleston asked him to open the discussion but he declined. Reasons why. News from W.W. Francis. Fine haul from Littlejohn. Mentions a big Ether day dinner of the Boston men where he will show the original papers. He will also be at the final meeting of the Graduate Committee of the Hospital. Mentions an encouraging letter from Malloch's father.


Date: 
October 14, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Malloch, Thomas Archibald
Abstract: 

Osler is delighted to hear that Malloch is to come to England. He reports that U.S. troops are in the thick of an epidemic. He gives his schedule for the rest of the week: there is a dinner of the Boston men of Wednesday and a final meeting of the Graduate Committee of the Hospital on Thursday. He comments on the encouraging letter from Malloch's father.

Pages