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Letters sent to Francis, William Willoughby


Date: 
From: 
Historical Library
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

Envelope marked "Osler - Cushing Letters."


Date: 
September 25, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

Osler sends Francis a couple of "Books and Men" snippets. Details about the tribulations of finding a place for the hospital for the Canadian Contingent. They have been given a Convalescent Home near Folkestone. Armour is in charge. Mentions that there is nothing he could get in connection with it. Details on the beds available. Medically, everything is at standstill, but the recruiting is going on actively. The country is hopeful. Revere joins the Training Corps in October. Asks him what he found about the Canada Life Annuity. Financial advice. Love to Muriel's children. Civilities.


Date: 
(January 1915 ?)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

(Cable). Osler cabled Birkett's advice today important decisions.


Date: 
April 12, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

Osler asks for news of the work. Meakins was talking of him yesterday. The latter is happy at Mt. Vernon. He and Cotton will get a great deal out of their experience. News from Beatrice and Gwendolyn. Maizie may come over with Harry. All well here. Revere is expecting notice to go to Newcastle for training. Osler would have preferred him to go to Exeter. Joan McKenzie and Douglas Fishkin are beaming. Mentions that he is on the Welsh University Royal Commission, and will have a job in settling the new medical school at Cardiff. Asks him when he is coming. P.S. Asks him to look after Archibald Malloch.


Date: 
December 21, 1916
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

Osler sends Francis for Christmas Galen's Natural Faculties. Mentions his bronchitis. Hopes that they received cigars and others in time for the mess. Asks him to let him know. News of Revere. Asks him to go see Norman Gwyn, as he is worried about him. John McCrae could also go. Gwyn has had an enteric infection and malaria. Mentions that he has not seen May Osborne. Francis Gwyn is at Bramshott. Hopes Jones will be in the saddle next week. Civilities.


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

Osler writes that they must be brave. It is a comfort to know that Cushing was with Revere. Knew all along that it would happen. Compassion for Grace. Greetings to all and to Malloch particularly.


Date: 
October 30, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

Osler had good account from him from Colin Russel. They are busy. The ache in the heart is very heavy. He cannot bear to look at Revere's books. He has the trust arranged at the Toronto General Trust Co. Gives him financial advice. Love to Archie. Hopes the latter got the Lancet with the reference in the Harveain Oration to Finch and Baines.


Date: 
April 24, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

Osler is srry that Francis has not been well. They are at a splendid place. Will visit May on their way back. Details about the case of Charles Bath, Mrs. Osborne's son. News from Beatrice Francis and Gwendolyn Francis Andras. Hopes that Jim Francis will be fine. Mentions that it would do good to have Phoebe Wright assigned as his nurse. Jokes about his heart and on Venus devoted to Mars. The catalogue work is progressing. Explains that he wants the B. literaria to be very strong.


Date: 
June 14, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

(Postcard). Osler sends Francis a book on the Stars by Arrhenius. News from Norman Gwyn. The house is full. Asks him to tell Malloch that he got the edition principal of Copernicus,1543.


Date: 
June 22, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

His Arrhenius book is delayed. Rhea has visited them. Approves Francis not accepting the Museum berth. Compliments on his work. Asks him if he wants him to write to the D.M.S. Will write to Elder. Asks him to tell Malloch that he has sent his postcard with the Mars Longa to the Lancet. Grace had a letter from Jim.


Date: 
July 11, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Francis for the birthday greetings. Reflections on his age, on how the time flies. He is thankful to be so well and for many things. He is writing to Elder. Approves W.W. Francis to stay at No.3 Canadian Hospital. Details about the book of astronomy he will send him. Busy. Good comments on Hunter Robb. Love to Malloch.


Date: 
August 23, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

Gordon Holmes wrote a nice letter urging that W.W. Francis should have a transfer to England. Hopes it can be arranged. He has written to Chisholm. Mentions their holiday in Lyme Regis. They are now enjoying a little peace at home. Mrs. Simpson, Mrs. Osborne's daughter, has had a little girl. Civilities.


Date: 
August 26, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

(Postcard). Osler's Arrhenius books on the Stars has come. Asks Francis when he expects to come.


Date: 
November , 1919
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

Osler congratulates Francis on a job well-done. Note added by Francis about family joke about luggage.


Date: 
June 12, 1948
From: 
William Notman & Son Ltd.
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

The company has no record of the Notman-Fraser negatives. Additional notes by William Francis.


Date: 
June 2, 1952
From: 
Madeline
To: 
Francis, William Willoughby
Abstract: 

Civilities. She sends on envelope of letters pulled from the Osler files, which have been marked with red stickers [refers to the contents of Folder 52]. She has also sent a copy of the "Imaginary Library" to both Cushing and Malloch. She suggests that Cushing compile notes about the materials in the Osler Library to stimulate further interest in the Library.