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Letters sent to Osler, Featherstone Lake


Date: 
From: 
Osler, Edward Revere
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Edward Osler [Featherstone's brother] remarks that Mr. Atkinson answered all of Featherstone's professional questions [see CUS417/59.32]. Their father's health has improved. He draws Featherstone's attention to the congressional magazine of October, which includes a thundering attack upon him.


Date: 
October 1832
From: 
Atkinson, H.
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Atkinson offers advice on how to enter into the clergy. He suggests that Featherstone would have to return to school and master Greek and Latin. Incl. ms. notes.


Date: 
September 12, 1879
From: 
Orr, J.O.
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Orr seeks Featherstone Osler's acceptance of the "Acrostick" on his son, William Osler.


Date: 
August 8, 1904
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Osler informs his brother that he has accepted the Regius Professorship of Medicine at Oxford. He believes that the change will be good, for himself and for his family.


Date: 
September 24, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Osler explains to Featherstone that he has sent word to Brown at Orillia that there is no possibility of his getting an appointment with the Canadian hospitals, as they are full. He should try with the Canadian contingent, or with the Red Cross. Sends him the proofs of their Father's journals, for some correction. Asks him to return them as soon as possible to get the volume for Christmas. Informs him that he is getting some of the more interesting documents reproduced. Civilities.


Date: 
October 16, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Osler hopes Featherstone has made the corrections to the Journal (their father's journals). He will be pleased with the arrangement of the letters and papers. The volumes will be ready before Christmas. Phil is in fine form.


Date: 
November 9, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Osler writes to Featherstone that the corrections will be all right. It will be privately printed. It will make an interesting record for the children and grandchildren. Suggests putting a list of the descendents in Canada of Grandfather and Grandmother. Details on the presentation and the physical aspect of the volumes. Edmund Boyd wishes to distribute copies of the table of contents among the members of the family. Financial details. Civilities.


Date: 
November 20, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Featherstone for the Journal proofs. Will have the corrections made. Explains that the volume will only be for private distribution in the family. The bound volumes of Family papers are ready. Sends him a list of the contents. Asks him to tell Hal and Nettie that Philip, while visiting them in Oxford, looks very healthy.


Date: 
December 11, 1914
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Featherstone for the correction in the genealogy. Details about it. Edmund Boyd does not want them to help in the matter of the payment. Copies will be sent to all the children and the grandchildren. Sent him the five volumes of letters, should receive them before Christmas. Asks him to make any corrections necessary in the index. Good comments on Maltby's job on the volumes. Philip will be with them for Christmas. Dr. Williams told him the latter was doing remarkably well, and has had a very good term. Civilities.


Date: 
February 6, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Featherstone for the list. The book will be ready in a few weeks. The illustrations are excellent. Details about the setting of the genealogical table. He saw Susie Rule at Salisbury looking quite fat. He got Norman (Gwyn) a commission with a hospital unit which will go in France. Revere will join the McGill Unit with Campbell Howard and W.W. Francis. Sends him Revere's bookplate which he has designed. Comments on it. Osler will go to France to help the McGill Unit get settled. Thanks for the money and for the Trust Company's report. Civilities.


Date: 
May 14, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Osler sent the copy of the Records and all the list he gave. Edmund Boyd wishes all the grandchildren to have copies, so he is sending, of course, to Harry, Fanny, Emma and Ernest. He also sent copies to Mrs. Rule, Mrs. Bucke, and Mr. Ensign. Reassuring details on the wound of Campbell (Gwyn). Grace has gone to Torquay to see him. Hopes to have him transferred here. Asks Featherstone to let him know of any others to whom he would like to send copies. Civilities.


Date: 
July 9, 1915
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Osler is glad Featherstone liked the book. Copies were sent to Carol and to Ferrar Davidson. The copies have all gone now to Edmund Boyd. Sends him a copy of Gilbert Murray's book on Sir Edward Grey. Mentions that Norman and Campbell have been with them. News from them and from Frank and Belle. Revere writes happily from Etaples, near Boulogne. He is busy and it is a first-rate job for him, and it will give him a thoroughly good training. Civilities.


Date: 
July 1, 1917(?)
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Osler reports on Revere's war-time duties and writes of the busy and anxious time he and Lady Osler have had over the past year. Osler continues to work on his library and has now collected 110 medical incunabula, more than any other medical library in England. Additional notes by William Francis.


Date: 
August 31, 1917
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Osler announcesRevere's death. They have no details yet, but that Cushing was with him at the end, which is a comfort. He never expected Revere to get through alive. They are heartbroken but shall be brave. News from Frank and Belle. Civilities.


Date: 
October 11, 1917
From: 
Osler, Grace Revere
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Lady Osler writes of her sorrow and loneliness upon the death of her son, Revere. She writes that Revere had developed into an unusually interesting chap, who was horrified by anything connected with war. She is looking after 200 American soldiers who have just arrived in Europe, giving them a glimpse of home life.


Date: 
October 30, 1918
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Osler informs Featherstone that he has asked the Trust Co. to hand over to the Johns Hopkins University the funds standing in his name. Explains that as a memorial to Revere, they are giving the University his collection of books to which he will add the special works on English literature from his own library. They will ask the University to found a Tudor and Stuart Club for the students, as these periods were the ones in which Revere was specially interested. His medical and science books will go to McGill. Mentions Frank and Belle.


Date: 
January 11, 1919
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Osler thanks Featherstone for his help in the transfer to the Johns Hopkins University of the bonds. Technical details about the Trust. Asks his advice about two points regarding his will.


Date: 
May 16, 1919
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Osler hopes that Featherstone is recovering from his illness, and asks for news. Civilities.


Date: 
June 1, 1919
From: 
Osler, William
To: 
Osler, Featherstone Lake
Abstract: 

Osler is glad that Featherstone is better. Will send his address before the Classical Association. Encloses a list of books he has on exhibit for the event. News from Grace. Norman Francis, W.W. Francis and Malloch are here.


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 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.