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Index of items sent by MacAlister, John Young Walker


Date: 
January 9, 1912
From: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

MacAlister has not heard neither from Tomes or the Philadelphian Croesus. He sends Osler a short list of the deceased Fellows (The Royal Society of Medicine) and their representatives. Osler can choose the ones he wants to reach and leaves the remainder to Morris and Church. He agrees on the time of their appointment. He informs Osler that under his suggestion, he had written to Mrs. Robert Barnes who says that she will consider the matter, and will come and see him shortly. MacAlister sends Osler some Times reprints which can be useful (for the solicitation). On the back of the sheets are Cushing's note on the Royal Society of Medicine and its expansion.


Date: 
March 14, 1914
From: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
To: 
Gorgas, William C.
Abstract: 

(Marconigram) MacAlister asks Gorgas to send his London address. The lecture and the dinner are announced for the 23rd.


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

Osler's telegram has given MacAlister a cruel shock. He implores Osler to reconsider his decision. Mentions the honour of this nomination, of the departure from traditions they made in nominating him, they never break that rule for Lister, they want a man who is above tradition and who will make precedents for himself. Reminds him what the Amalgamation owes to him. Guarantees him to save him all the work. They need his inspiration. Civilities.


Date: 
May 23, 1914
From: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

MacAlister writes that Osler's letter has been read at the last meeting of the Council. He is instructed to ask the Council of the (Historical) Section to draw up a programme of what they propose for the Vesalius demonstration. Adds to his civilities a remark explaining that he has a sore heart and keen disappointment. He had so looked forward for 2 years of real and rapid progress under a favourable Western wind.


Date: 
May 8, 1918
From: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
To: 
Osler, William
Abstract: 

MacAlister reminds Osler his past refusal of the offer of the Presidency of the Royal Society of Medicine. It was an unprecedented snub to the premier medical body of the Kingdom. Asks him unofficially and confidentially once more to accept nomination. States that it is his duty to accept it as there are great things expected of, and to be done by the Society. He is the perfect candidate for the task. Argues that it would help him in view of the position he has taken up with the Postgraduate scheme.


Date: 
December 30, 1920
From: 
MacAlister, John Young Walker
To: 
Cushing, Harvey
Abstract: 

MacAlister describes the Herbert affair, which was very painful to Osler. He advises Cushing to leave this story out of his biography on Osler. He writes of Osler's help and encouragement in realizing a pet project of his, the "Amalgamation."