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Letters dated 1920


Date: 
April 15, 1919
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Perley, George H.
Abstract: 

Perley was invited to the Duncan Graham dinner.


Date: 
September 25, 1919
From: 
Osler's Secretary
To: 
Munro, Hector
Abstract: 

Osler's secretary forwards Munro a copy of Robert Cecil's letter to Osler. [See CUS417/51.21]


Date: 
May 18, 1919
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Amesse, John William
Abstract: 

(From the secretary's notebook). Osler is glad that Amesse is back at work. Love to Rogers. Mentions the many Americans taking special courses in Oxford.


Date: 
January 1, 1920
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Lady Osler is happy that her husband is finally free from his terrible illness, yet she is filled with sorrow to be alone in the world without her husband nor her son. She provides the results of the autopsy that Osler had requested in the event of his own death. She describes Osler's funeral at Christ Church and her sense of pride that he had gone in the full mental strength of his career.


Date: 
January 1,2, 1920
From: 
Emmons, Hamilton Mrs.
To: 
Unidentified
Abstract: 

William Osler's death, tributes, funeral, relatives in the home, gift of book of poetry to Marion.


Date: 
January 1,2, 1920
From: 
Emmons, Hamilton Mrs.
To: 
Unidentified
Abstract: 

William Osler's death, tributes, funeral, relatives in the home, gift of book of poetry to Marion.


Date: 
January 2, 1920
From: 
Chapin, Susan Revere
To: 
Revere, Margaret
Abstract: 

William Osler's funeral, cremation , cables.


Date: 
January 2 1920
From: 
Francis, William Willoughby
To: 
Francis, Beatrice
Abstract: 

Description of last week, arrangements, funeral service, help from Archie Malloch, ashes temporarily at Christ Church and then to McGill Medical Library with his library.


Date: 
January 3, 1920
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Bulletin of the Fellowship of Medicine and Post-Graduate Medical Association, Vol. II, No. 39.


Date: 
January 4, 1920
From: 
Old Colony Trust Company
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

Letter informing Cushing that his account has been credited with $208.33 from Harvard College. Incl. ms. notes on verso.


Date: 
January 8, 1920
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

"Notes on the Library Catalogue," 8 Jan. 1920. Incl. ms. notes.


Date: 
January 10, 1920
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

From the February 5, 1921 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association, vol. 76, no.6, p.391-392. "Foreign Letters" announcing the death of John Beattie Crozier. In 1919, Crozier received a letter of congratulation for his distinguished career signed by Lord Morley, Lord Bryce, and Sir William Osler.


Date: 
January 10, 1920
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Excerpt from the British Medical Journal, Jan. 10, 1920, p. 66-67. Tells of Osler's visit to the Virginia home of a student who had contracted typhoid. While there, the student's sister led Osler to the attic, which was full of priceless first editions of Byron, Shelley, Keats, and others. The student's grandfather was an alcoholic and the family feared that if he knew of the books in his own attic, he would sell them off for alcohol. Osler arranged to have the books sold to Putnam's at such a fair price that the family's run-down home could be restored.


Date: 
January 17, 1920
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Cushing's handwritten manuscript notes regarding Osler's acquisitions for the Library at Oxford.


Date: 
January 17, 1920
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Lady Osler confesses that she was an inadequate wife to one who deserved so much, and yet, she cannot recall a day when she did not do her utmost to help Osler and to make his life easy and his home happy. She recalls that they were a happy family until the war began in 1914. She is sure that the world is a better place for Osler having lived in it; never was a man more loved or admired. She outlines the details of Osler's will: his medical library is to go to the McGill Medical Faculty; and upon the death of Lady Osler, their home is to go to Christ Church for the residence of the Regius Professor of Medicine. She plans to return to North America, but is too desolated and miserable to make plans at this time.


Date: 
January 20, 1920
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Jacobs, Mr. & Mrs. H.B.(?)
Abstract: 

Lady Osler expresses the difficulty of coping with the death of her husband. She describes his funeral at Christ Church and the pride she felt knowing how loved and admired he was. She will stay on at Oxford until the catalogue is finished and Osler's books are sent off to McGill University.


Date: 
January 21, 1920
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Strong, Richard Pearson
Abstract: 

As Strong was a great admirer of Osler, Lady Osler writes to him to confess her sadness and grief. She reports that on November 29, 1919, Osler wrote of his own impending death to a friend in New York. She worries now about William Francis, who never knew another father besides Osler. Osler had suggested that Francis act as Librarian of his collection at McGill University in the future.


Date: 
January 23, 1920
From: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
To: 
MacMurchy, Helen
Abstract: 

Featherston thanks MacMurchy for her letter of sympathy upon the death of his brother, William Osler.


Date: 
January 25, 1920
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Hale-White, William
Abstract: 

Lady Osler writes of her husband's long, trying illness. She confesses that all Osler's predictions about his own fate have come true. At her request, McCrae will work on the completion of Osler's text book.


Date: 
January 1, 1920
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

List of photographic reproductions to be purchased at or from the Bodleian Library at Oxford.


Date: 
January 1, 1920
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Pamphlet: "American University Union in Europe," January 1920, Peace Series No. I. Osler is mentioned on p. 24.


Date: 
February 2, 1920
From: 
Cowley, A.E.
To: 
Osler, Grace Revere
Abstract: 

A letter of sympathy on behalf of the Curators of the Bodleian Library and Oxford University upon the death of William Osler. Cowley praises Osler for his dedication to the Library and dubs him "the best loved man in Oxford."


Date: 
February 22, 1920
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Knopf, Sigmund Adolphus
Abstract: 

Lady Osler thanks Knopf for his letter of sympathy and sends him a photograph of Osler by registered post. She writes that all she had was taken. She is a lonely woman.


Date: 
February 22, 1920
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Jacobs, Henry Barton
Abstract: 

Hughes, Alexander Barton, and Thomas McCrae have been to visit Lady Osler in Oxford. She is making an effort to keep up the young atmosphere as Osler would have wanted, but she finds it a difficult struggle. She writes of Osler's funeral. For now, his ashes lie in an old monument in Christ Church until they are sent to Montreal. She writes a brief note about Revere's Library, the Tudor and Stuart Club.


Date: 
February 1, 1920
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

February 1920 edition of "The Periodical" announcing the death of Mr. Charles Cannan and Osler. Incl. ms. notes.


Date: 
February 1, 1920
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Tribute to "Sir William Osler," from the Periodical, Vol. VII, No. CIV, pp. 101-104.


Date: 
March 3, 1920
From: 
Fisher, Charles Perry
To: 
Unidentified
Abstract: 

"Sir William Osler and the Library of the College of Physicians of Phila." by the Honorary Librarian of the College, Francis R. Packard. Remarks on Osler's love of books and libraries.


Date: 
March 13, 1920
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

"Oxford Memorial to Sir William Osler." Reprinted from the British Medical Journal.


Date: 
March 18, 1920
From: 
To: 
Abstract: 

Pamphlet: The Royal Society of Medicine. Supplement to Official Bulletins (1920). Complimentary Dinner, and Testimonial to Sir John MacAlister, held on March 18, 1920.


Date: 
March 18, 1920
From: 
Bond, Nigel
To: 
Osler, Grace Revere
Abstract: 

Bond sends Lady Osler a transcript copy of a resolution passed at the last meeting of the Trustees of the Oxford University Endowment Fund honouring Osler upon his death. Osler was one of the original resident Trustees of the Fund.

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