Cairns thanks Gregg for the Rockefeller Foundation support in the 1920s that allowed her husband, Hugh Cairns, to remain at
his neurosurgery institute.
Item is handwritten.
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1952-08-05 (August 5, 1952)
Reproduced with permission of David Cairns.
"Rockefeller Man" in Brazil and Europe, 1919-1930
[Diary entry on visit to Hugh Cairns's house] (January 23, 1929)
Letter from Richard M. Pearce to Alan Gregg (February 13, 1929)
Box Number: 8
Folder Number: 11
AG- 8/8/57-29 Charlbury Road
August 5th 1952
Dear Dr. Gregg,
Thank you for writing to me.
But for you, would Hugo have ever succeeded in rising to [. . .] he has [. . .]? You knew we hadn't the means of paying
our weekly food bills when the Rockefeller Trust, through you, came to our rescue, and enabled him to stick to his neurosurgery
institute of every[?] kind of [. . .] difficulty ([. . .] opposition). Neither of us have ever forgotten this.
I know I oughtn't to wish[?] those weeks of increasing weakness and distress (but, thank God, [. . .]) to be still going
on, but I can't help this sometimes coming into my mind; [. . .] were peaceful, and time stood still, and he was still
here, and we could be quietly together, for more hours really than an ordinary life has given us over years. He always drove
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so very hard, as you know, and think I was occasionally thrown to the wolves too! During those last weeks we had peaceful
I know it will relieve your mind if I tell you, assure you, [. . .] he never had the desolation of lost hope. He fought his
own enemy with the same [. . .] confidence that had made him so wonderful to his [. . .] (whom he thought and spoke of to
the end); and when hope had really gone for the watchers, he had slipped away into unreality. He didn't always remember
even who was ill.
He had a good life, didn't he, and didn't waste it. Thank you again for your [. . .]