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Index of items sent by Johnson, W.A.


Date: 
August 16, 1870
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Johnson and Barwick have strongly advised Bovell to return home. J.C. Morgan has opened his own school in Barrie, and has begun to solicit the Weston boys. Johnson will send Keble's letter of spiritual counsel for Osler's sister.


Date: 
August 23, 1870
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Johnson has collected specimens to determine the cause of a spreading cattle illness. He will consult Bethune and Hincks in the matter.


Date: 
October 5, 1870
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Johnson waits to hear how Osler is enjoying Montreal. He describes a curious specimen he found in the Humber and includes drawings of it. He hopes Professor Hincks will be able to identify it. He asks Osler for a French version of Abeillon's "Blessed Sacraments."


Date: 
October 20, 1870
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Johnson hopes Osler's connection with McGill will prove an advantage to him in many ways. He sends Osler a specimen that he has not been able to identify. He also sends a copy of Taylor's "Holy Living." He does not think that Bovell will return to Weston this year.


Date: 
December 25, 1870
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Johnson remarks that Montreal appears to be agreeing with Osler. He comments on "Preparation for Death" by Alfonso. He reports on the progress of his Chapel. He mentions Professors Dawson and Hincks.


Date: 
July 2, 1872
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Johnson cannot get away to see Osler, as Checkley and Clarke are both away from the school. He sends a copy of "Devout Life" for Osler's sister (Chattie?). He had a copy of "Religio Medici" for Osler, but gave it away.


Date: 
January 9, 1873
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Johnson comments on Osler's offer to become the Chair of Botany at McGill University. He agrees with R.P. Howard's advice that Osler should concentrate on general medicine. He is glad that Osler is enjoying his time in London and envies his Church privileges.


Date: 
February 5, 1873
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Johnson approves of Osler's decision to refuse the appointment to the Chair of Botany at McGill University. He would have liked to view the Thomas Browne relics with Osler. Reflections on the usefulness of relics, pictures, emblems, and other religious objects.


Date: 
February 5, 1873
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Typescript version of CUS417/69.15.


Date: 
August 27, 1873
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Johnson has been forced to abandon his microscope, as work with the school and his religious duties keep him too busy. His daughter, Mrs. C.F. Miles, will stay with him during her confinement. He would like to send his son Jimmie to Montreal to continue his medical education. He encourages Osler to go to Vienna over the winter. Religious discussion.


Date: 
January 23, 1874
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Johnson instructs his son on how to prepare dry specimens and soft tissues for the microscope. He relates news of family and friends.


Date: 
July 21, 1874
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Johnson reports that Osler was in Toronto and Dundas, and will now go to Montreal to take his new post at McGill. He urges Jimmie to pay a visit to Louisa Noble. Incl. ms. notes.


Date: 
October 19, 1874
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Johnson will not be able to get down to Montreal for a visit. He asks after Osler. He encourages his son to visit with Mr. Wood and to take advantage of all opportunities while in Montreal. See Bulletin of the History of Medicine, March 1939, 7:335-51, "Letters of a devoted father to an unresponsive son," by N.B. Gwyn. Citation given by William Francis.


Date: 
October 19, 1874
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Typescript version of CUS417/62.21.


Date: 
November 13, 1874
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Johnson does not think he will get to Montreal to see his son. His financial situation is tight and he cannot promise Jimmie a monthly allowance. He asks after Osler and encloses a letter from Dr. Bovell for him to read. He mentions Wood and Henderson.


Date: 
December 4, 1874
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Johnson has just heard of Mrs. Howard Bovell's death. He urges Jimmie to spend Christmas at Weston, and hopes that Osler will also come. He asks Jimmie to bring him specimens for his microscope. He suggest that Jimmie read "Handbook for the Physiological Laboratory" by Brunton Foster, Klein, and Sanderson. Osler showed him this book when he returned to Dundas from England.


Date: 
December 9, 1874
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Johnson comments on the "Osler character." He urges his son to mimic Osler's characteristic of "application." He reports on his failing health.


Date: 
March 4, 1875
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Johnson cannot forget Osler, the way a good student learns his lessons well. He writes of Bovell and his new position with the Church. Johnson hopes to go to Montreal to see Osler, Wood, and others. He asks after Jimmie.


Date: 
October 19, 1875
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Johnson will most likely send Osler his polarizing prism, once Potter receives his consignment. He enjoyed his visit with Osler, Mrs. Francis, Wood, Principal Dawson, Whiteve(?) and others in Montreal. He thanks Osler for the specimens he sent and sends his regards to Jimmie.


Date: 
October 19, 1875
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Typescript version of CUS417/62.12. Incl. ms. notes. Published in Cushing, vol. I, pp. 138-9.


Date: 
November 22, 1875
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Johnson wonders if his son will return home for Christmas. He is sorry to hear the Mrs. F[rancis?] has typhoid fever. He condemns Dawson's book, "Earth and Man." He sends his regards to Osler.


Date: 
September 4, 1876
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Johnson thanks Osler for the package he sent containing the book by Mivart. He laments the fact that so few in Canada will read and converse on such subjects as Mivart brings to the surface.


Date: 
October 5, 1876
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Johnson thanks his son for paying E.C.W.(?) in full. He is glad Jimmie went to London University, but he believes it to be an "infidel" foundation. He warns Jimmie that it will be a dangerous school for him, as it was for Osler. He suggests that Jimmie read Mivart's "Lessons from Nature." Partly published in Cushing, vol. I, pp. 147-8.


Date: 
October 19, 1876
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Johnson thanks Osler for sending the book by Mivart, and comments on the author's view on evolution and creation. He sends his regards to Mrs. Francis and asks Osler to consult Dawson about the Corkes plates.


Date: 
October 19, 1876
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

Typescript version of CUS417/62.13.


Date: 
March 12, 1877
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Johnson comments on the Church and the confusion that is bred by denominational differences. He feels that this confusion, and resulting indifference, is what led Osler to turn to science. Johnson has been attending to smallpox cases.


Date: 
April 24-25, 1877
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Johnson discusses the dangers of Romanism and Freemasonry. He has had much additional work because there is no doctor to take care of the smallpox cases. He works tirelessly offering both spiritual and medical guidance to the people of Weston.


Date: 
May 2, 1877
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Johnson is very busy seeing his confirmation candidates and doing medical work. He may have to hire a doctor to relieve some of the burden.


Date: 
July 25, 1877
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Johnson reminisces about all the places and people he knew in England, and encourages Jimmie to visit them and send long descriptions.


Date: 
January 9, 1878
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Johnson feels that many of his friends are far from him and many others are leaving Weston. He reports that Arthur Johnson and Dr. Bovell are well. He had a visit from Osler, who is going to Germany next spring and to New York to read an article on Hog disease of America before the Pathological Society.


Date: 
February 4, 1878
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Johnson cannot send more money than he had originally promised. He chides Jimmie for failing his examinations and for ruining his opportunities in England. He regrets the situation Jimmie's sister is in. His doctor has advised him to take time off or risk his health. He describes his own method for treating sores and cuts.


Date: 
October 14, 1879
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Johnson reports on his failing health. He plans to purchase a small place in Toronto to which he can retire. Johnson urges his son to take his examinations and to earn his degree, a good standing, and some money, as Osler and Arthur Johnson did.


Date: 
October 31, 1879
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Johnson writes that everything he tried to do at Weston failed and his suffering became too great. His health and spirits are much improved since moving to Toronto.


Date: 
May 18, 1880
From: 
Johnson, W.A.
To: 
Johnson, Rev. James Bovell
Abstract: 

Johnson reports on his failing health. He believes he will soon die. It would bring much cheer to hear that Jimmie finally passed his examinations. He remarks that all is gone at Weston and that Charles Thomson is his successor.