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Letters sent to MacAlister, John Young Walker


Date: 
October 23, 1907
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler will talk with MacAlister when he gets the details on the other Medical Library buildings, illustrating what has been done elsewhere. He does not agree with the possible choice of the Hanover Building for the Library of their Society. Should carry out a plan of campaign: First, informing the members of the profession, second, the families of notable old members, and third, the public. Suggests to contact Carnegie with a statement of their activities, he may help them like he did in Philadelphia.


Date: 
May 8, 1908
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler told Hebert, an old fellow student of his at Montreal, not to use any of his letter in an advertisement. He wrote to the British Medical Journal to have his name removed. He mentions that Hebert was a shady fellow of the Medical Chirurgical and knows nothing of his work. He only knows that Hebert is badly mixed up in that French case.


Date: 
May 21, 1908
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler informs MacAlister that he was depending upon a mutual friend who will tell him when Morgan returned. He prefers sending him a statement in print, which he is sending a proof to him to correct it as soon as possible. He will ask for an appointment for Church for him to meet Morgan. Kinnicut has already written to him. Mentions that he is not a man to be hurried in these matters. Cushing's note that can be read p.127 and first paragraph p.128, volume II.


Date: 
May 25, 1908
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler's opinion on the P. Zotique Hebert affair is that if the British Gynecological Society did not remove his name, and if the forms have been sent, the Council of the Royal Medical Society should determine if he is fit and the proper person. Osler has told him he has no chance to be elected. The Council will take the final decision.


Date: 
(ca May 1908)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler proposes to attack them both next week. He asks MacAlister to return his proof and he will send a copy to Morgan and ask for an interview. They could see Mr. C and put the case before him. Asks him where C. stops in London.


Date: 
June 28, 1908
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Carnegie wrote him that he was only interested in the question of free public libraries and could not help them. Osler has written again urging the claims of the library that it was a free one and calls his attention to the increase in its use in the past years. Osler deplores the fact that Morgan has left for a week in New York.


Date: 
( ca 1908)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler accepts to be on the Library Committee if the meetings are not on Mondays or Fridays. He is busy at the Council and the Press on those days.


Date: 
December 4, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler agrees to write a letter to the members though he wonders how they would feel having this coming from a new comer. He asks MacAlister if there are men he could tackle privately. He asks if anyone ever attacked Tomes. Savage can help in that matter. Would take advice about sending out a letter from himself. Civilities.


Date: 
December 8, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Laconic wire saying "All right." (probably concerning the letter to send to the members).


Date: 
December 14, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler has written to Tomes and to Brown of Preston, and to the man who is supposed to keep the purse of the Draper's Company. He will try to approach some others. Thinks that Strathcona will give something. He asks MacAlister to send a descriptive booklet to John McFadden, and put his compliments inside. He suggests that he look for the descendants of some of old worthies connected with the Medical Chirurgical or other societies. He wonders who are the heirs of Robert Barnes. Osler suggests they fit up a Robert Barnes' room. Family vanity is a powerful lever which Mitchell has used with advantage in Philadelphia.


Date: 
December 18, 1911
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler has not heard from Tomes. Brown will subscribe. He asks MacAlister to send the latter a list of the subscribers and a copy of the booklet. Principle Boyd of Hertford College will help in an application to the Drapers, of which Society he is an influential member Through his influence, they built the Radcliffe and the new electronic laboratories. Will ask him to arrange an interview between the Warden, Morris, and themselves.


Date: 
January 8, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Tomes has not replied to Osler's letter, nor has the old Philadelphia Croesus at the Carlton. He would be glad to write letters or ask for personal interviews of the lay representatives, though he thinks that Morris or Church would be able to do better. Civilities.


Date: 
January 15, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler does not agree with MacAlister about the formal deputation. It would be better if Barlow and he attacked him alone or with MacAlister. Osler proposes to find out if Barlow will do it. He thinks that they have to make the Syphilis discussion in December a great affair. Technical suggestions for an exhibit of all the literature of the first 25 years, up to Hutten's "De Guaiacim."


Date: 
August 3, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler has sent out 168 private letters, chiefly to Fellows of the Society, and to men on the lists made by Power and Kirkpatrick. He had enclosed with them a postal card addressed to MacAlister. Expects that a certain number of acceptances will give them an idea of the number likely to join the new section. His copy of Aequanimitas is being printed and will be ready in October.


Date: 
December 5, 1912
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler advises MacAlister to think of the repercussions before sending a certain letter without consulting the President or members of the Finance Committee. Civilities.


Date: 
January 17, 1913
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler does not think it is worth while changing the date for him. MacAlister should be very gratified, comparing January 1913 with the same month a few years ago. There is a nice feeling in the profession about the Society (History of Medicine). Civilities.


Date: 
February 11, 1913
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler asks MacAlister if they have an extra set of Kuhn's Galen and Orisabius. If so, would borrow them for a few months for Withington, of St. Mary Church, Torqay, who is helping them at the Press with the new edition of Liddle and Scott's Greek Dictionary. If someone would like to look at them, they could be referred to the College of Surgeons, of the College of Physicians. Civilities.


Date: 
July 3, 1913
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler agrees with MacAlister's suggestion to turn the roof into a meeting room. Offers to meet the cost. Mentions that it will lessen the risk of overcrowding.


Date: 
July 14, 1913
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler is satisfied with the financial arrangement he made. If the central organization would not pay, he will. It will be a great advantage to the Section (Medical).


Date: 
January 15, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler informs MacAlister that Gorgas returns to South Africa early in March. Asks him if the Society should ask him to give an illustrated lecture and then give him a reception.


Date: 
January 17, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler tells MacAlister that he may be interested in his collection of early printed medical books at the Bibliographical Society next Monday. Asks him permission to take for exhibition the Simon Genuensis, 1474, the Petrus Padubantensis, 1477, the Mundinus, 1478, and the Mesue, 1479. Technical details on the shipping and the receiving of them. Civilities.


Date: 
January 19, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler gives MacAlister Gorgas's address in Johannesburg. The former will sail about February 20th. Asks him to talk to the President about it.


Date: 
January 21, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler agrees with MacAlister's suggestion. Asks him to dine on the 28th at the Royal Automobile Club, to meet Barnes, who will read a paper at the Historical Section. P.S. Tells him that so far as he knows MacAlister is free.


Date: 
March 25, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler asks MacAlister if he has any blue reprints of the Periodical Stand at the Royal Society of Medicine. If so, asks him to send a copy to his friend George Dock of St. Louis. Civilities.


Date: 
April 7, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler could not get up in time for the meeting on Friday. He had brought the back numbers of "The Modern Hospital" and will continue to send them. Mentions that he is having the Presentation Addresses nicely engrossed and illuminated to send to Gorgas.


Date: 
April 30, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler explains that the Council of the Historical Section has discussed twice the question of organizing a Vesalius Celebration. The Brussels Celebration will be about December 13th. Suggests having theirs a week after and that the Society (R.S.M.) should get the cooperation of the Royal College of Physicians and of the Royal College of Surgeons. Asks him to talk with the President about it to have an exhibition of the works of Vesalius, a lecture on his life and work, and an exhibition of the portraits and drawings. It is suggested having Harvey Cushing give the lecture, and Spielmann to give the lecture on the portraits and drawings. Details about it. There is a 1478 Calcus at the Hodgkin sale, suggests asking the fellows to subscribe and send a bid.


Date: 
(May 2, 1914 ?)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Details about a subscription notice. Precisions about the projected Vesalius celebration.


Date: 
May 20, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

(Telegram) Osler thanks MacAlister but refuses the nomination (for the Presidency of the Royal Society of Medicine).


Date: 
(ca May 20, 1914)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

Osler is sorry but cannot accept the nomination. It is not his job. Does not want to give reasons. Thanks MacAlister for thinking of him. Sees his hand in it. Civilities.


Date: 
May 20, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
Abstract: 

(Letter addressed to the Secretary). Osler asks MacAlister to thank the Council for the nomination. Sorry he cannot accept. Appreciates the compliment. Assures the Council of his continued interest in the Society (Royal Society of Medicine).

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