Letter from William Osler to Francis J. Shepherd [Transcript]
Osler is surprised that his name came up for an appointment as Fellow of the Royal Society. He writes that Grace has decided
to spend the summer in Bar Harbor, while he spends six weeks in London. He is working on a 3rd edition of his text book.
[Description courtesy of McGill University.]
About this transcript: Soon after Osler's death in 1919, Lady Osler asked their good friend Dr. Harvey Cushing to write
a biography. For this project, Cushing gathered a wide variety of material, including a substantial amount of Osler correspondence
and other memorabilia borrowed from Osler's family, friends, and colleagues. He employed three secretaries to transcribe
these documents, and later donated the transcripts (along with his other working materials) to the Osler Library. Because
many of the original documents were returned to the owners, the Cushing transcripts constitute the largest and most accessible
collection of Osler's correspondence.
Harvey Cushing's "Life of Sir William Osler" was published by Oxford University Press in 1925, and was awarded
a Pulitzer Prize in 1926.
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1898-06-08 (June 8, 1898)
Shepherd, Francis J.
Transcriber: [Cushing, Harvey]
Original Repository: Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University. Osler Library Archive Collections, P417: Harvey Cushing Fonds
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"Father of Modern Medicine": The Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, 1889-1905
(To Prof. F.J. Shepard)
1 West Franklin St.,
[Postmarked: June 8, 1898]
Dear F. J.
Sorry hear that you were knocked out. I wish you had come on here for repairs. The FRS was a great surprise. I suppose Foster
set it up. I had no idea that my name had been proposed. We have changed our plans. We had berths for the 13th but Mammy 'struck'
& would not go. Then Mrs. O's heart failed & she decided to go to Bar Harbor for the summer, & has given me
6 weeks leave for a trip to England. I sail on the 9th of July. Wish we were going together. I shall see you in London 40
Clarges St. will be my address. I will see Cecil at once. I shall write postponing the engagement I made with him for the
23rd of June.
Mrs. O & Ike left for Toronto on Monday. I go on the 18th. I am over head & ears in my 3rd Edition - Infernal nuisance.