Letter from William Osler to his wife, Grace Revere [Transcript]
Osler writes that they must both remain humble despite his appointment as Fellow of the Royal Society, his appointment as
Dean of Clinical Medicine and his two honorary degrees (Edinburgh and Aberdeen) all in one year. He reports on his time in
[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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1898-07-22 (July 22, 1898)
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
W. O. to G. R. O.
(July 22, 1898)
12a Curzon Street & 1 Queen Street, Mayfair W.
Two LL.D's, a D.C.L. And the F.R.S. make 1898 a pretty full year in the life of your old man - But keep humble - lest
we forget! I got the notice this a.m. of the Edinboro' Degree, which is to be conferred on the Saturday after the meeting.
Roddick is to have it also, I am glad to say. I took Gwen in a Hansom to get my ticket today for it. Then we spent an hour
in the National Gallery - and at 12 met May and a very sweet faced woman, Mrs. Clayton, at the Academy. Pictures are very
good this year. Two of Harry Tukes are A. 1. May took us to the Empress Club in Dover Street - where she is a member - to
luncheon. And at three she took Hansoms for Lords with the great match of the season - Gentlemen vs. Players - is on. We saw
some first-class cricket - but not W. Grace who had been put out a few minutes before we came. Went to Mrs. Clayton's
to tea -near Regents Park. I left the girls at Peter Robinsons and came home. We have tickets for the Little Minister - at
the Haymarket - this eve. You see we are doing the town. Gwen is enchanted. This is a very nice place, attendance perfect.
Mrs. Russell is a very nice woman. I have asked Margery to come in for Thursday and Friday.
Wednesday, ? a.m. Waiting for the girls for breakfast. The play was charming. Winnifred Emery so sweet and a much better actress
than when we saw her a few years ago. Splendid weather - not too hot.
5;30 Have just left the girls at the American Shoe Store in Regent St. while I came in to order tea. George Francis came to
Lunch. Looks so well. Hal and I took the girls to the Tavern - we went down the river by boat. It was great fun. Gwen was
enchanted. Tonight we dine at the Criterion and go to the Liars 'Wyndham' - at Criterion Theatre. It is just too bad
that you are not here.
Thursday. 2:30. Such fun at the Liars. Wyndham is splendid and Miss Moore very good - a little off from what you remember.
This morning I went to Clovells and to the shirt maker. I am getting 1 1/2 doz. good weight shirts. Then to Euston to meet
Margery Howard who is to be with us until Friday eve (she sends her love). Got a leather portmanteau and a hatbox at the Stores.
We have just had luncheon and are off to Earls Court to see the Naval Show. Such weather! No rain and bright sunshine and
crisp east wind - Bostonian - fresh air. I am just disgusted that you are not here.
Your letter has just come - so glad to have good news. I will cable on Saturday, I am delighted that you like everything.
Do take drives and spend all the money you wish.
Friday 10 a.m. we went to Earls Court in the afternoon - saw the sham naval battle - wonderful performance Margery enjoyed
it so much. The girls went to tea at 5 with Pa at the Jr. Constitutional Club. M. came home with me. At 7:15 we all dined
with Hal at Dieu Dorme a very swell restaurant and then went to Dalys to see the Greek Slave. Marie Tempest was so good. We
enjoyed ourselves greatly. With the exception of Ewart I have not seen a Doctor. My clothes are progressing. I am going this
a.m. about your cloak, and the reefer for Tommy. I shall be very careful about the former. We go tonight to the - I forget
- at Ealing to dine, and this afternoon to the Imp. Institute. It seems very long since I left you, but Aug. 6 will soon be
Goodbye . . . Lub and a kiss to the angel. - regards to the family all -and to Mammy.